MU researcher gets $1.5 million grant to study Alzheimer's

Monday, May 19, 2014 | 1:54 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The National Institutes of Health provided an MU researcher and bioengineering associate professor with a $1.5 million grant to study vascular factors in Alzheimer's disease.

James Lee's research — which focuses on the link between a protein, amyloid-beta peptide, and damage to blood capillaries in the brain — could lead to a treatment for the disease, according to a news release from the university.

"A lot of research programs lack funding, and this obviously will be a big boost for my lab," Lee said.

He also said the grant, which was provided by the national Institute on Aging, would allow his lab to do bigger, more substantial research on Alzheimer's. 

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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