Offering New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

May 15th, 2015

It’s one of the final frontiers in biomedical research — how to target and treat brain disease. Now a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology has found a new way to address this age-old challenge.

Professor Isabelle Aubert, also a senior scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI), is using a technology developed by fellow SRI researcher Dr. Kullervo Hynynen to overcome the blood-brain barrier, a densely layered filter that lines the brain’s blood vessels. While this barrier protects the brain from toxins, infections and other threats, it also blocks drugs from treating brain diseases.

Dr. Emmanuel Thevenot / Lab of Dr. Isabelle Aubert; Courtesy of Sunnybrook Research Institute.