Research into the Oral bacteria- Alzheimer’s Disease axis at UCLan receives two grants

Dr Anna Barlach Pritchard from the School of Dentistry has been awarded the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Faculty of Dental Surgery Pump-Priming Grant of £10,000.  This grant is designed to meet research consumables costs for new or existing projects.  Anna will use the grant for her project on the Periodontitis-Alzheimer’s disease axis.  In addition  Anna is in receipt of an award of £7000 received from the “The Norah and Fred Roberts Memorial Trust” , a Lancaster based family charity, who have also generously supported the Alzheimer’s- Oral Bacterial  research at UCLan, particularly working towards understanding how virulence factors originating from the oral microbiome affects the blood brain barrier.

Anna will be working with Dr Jane Alder from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences on this novel project looking at links between gum disease and neurodegeneration. Anna says; “There is still so much we do not know yet about Alzheimer’s Disease. I am extremely excited to be able to carry out my project with the support of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Norah and Fred Roberts Memorial Trust, which will hopefully contribute to unravelling the mysteries associated with this terrible disease”.

Jane commented, “The recognition of Anna’s exciting project by the Royal College of Surgeons of England will allow us to progress the basic science of in vitro blood brain barrier modelling to more clinical based applications, furthering understanding of neurodegeneration in patients”.

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