Research team aims to develop more definitive way of diagnosing Alzheimers

A Halifax-based research team has received close to $1.5 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to help them develop a more definitive way of diagnosing Alzheimers.

The grant was awarded to lead applicant Dr. Sultan Darvesh of Dalhousie, along with co-applicants Dr. Ian Pottie of Mount Saint Vincent University and Dr. Steve Burrell of Dalhousie University.

The team had developed a new type of diagnostic agent they hope will help fight the disease through early detection.

The key is a small radioactive molecule made to bind to an enzyme associated with the disease.