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Congressman Denny Heck (10th District) recently visited the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center to talk to staff and faculty about their research. The visit was part of a series of informational tours UW arranges for legislators to help communicate the value of research funding.
While Rep. Denny Heck was there, Caitlin Latimer, MD, PhD, (new faculty in the UW Dept Pathology) gave him a firsthand glimpse of postmortem brain tissue from study participants in the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She used advanced neuropathological techniques to understand the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease in neurons and how these changes differ in individuals who show resilience to the disease. This work is critical to providing targeted interventions to people based on their own biology, a goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease by 2025 – which Rep Heck supports.