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Major medical breakthrough made in Alzheimer's research

COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) - Researchers have made a major medical breakthrough in Alzheimer's prevention.

The lead researcher says a drug has proven to slow the onset and in some cases prevent the disease.

The city of Columbus has played a major role in the success of bringing researchers closer to a cure.

In a news conference Friday, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Neurologist Dr. Jonathan Liss said Columbus has one of the highest enrollments in the ongoing research thanks to the Columbus Memory Project.

Mayor Tomlinson and the Alzheimer's Association joined with the Columbus Memory Center to encourage and allow senior citizens to receive memory testing at no cost.

The assessment gives participants a "Memory Number" .

The partnership also gave participants access to research trials which led to the medical breakthrough.

Columbus had the third highest enrollment across the world to participate in the successful trial research of BAN2401.

"They've announced, after 18 months, for the first time in medical history, that we've been able to slow the progression of the disease and decrease the protein that they believe causes this disease from coming into the brain. This is a major moment that will be in medical history books, and Columbus was the third highest enrollment site for this," says Dr. Liss.

Dr. Liss says the key is stopping it before onset or stopping it in the very early stages.

The public is still encouraged to take the assessment to obtain the "Memory Number".  You can do that by visiting the Columbus Memory Center or attending the next "Ask the Memory Doctor Town Hall."


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