PIO Schoolboy Develops New Test for Alzheimer’s

Published By : 14 Jul 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A fifteen-year-old, Indian-origin boy living in the United Kingdom has developed a remarkable test, which can potentially help diagnose Alzheimer’s, 10 years before the first symptoms of the disease appear, and can even prevent it from progressing. Krtin Nithiyanandam, who lives in Epsom, Surrey, England is in news for developing a ‘trojan horse’ antibody that has the ability to penetrate the brain and get attached to neurotoxic proteins which are released during the initial stages of Alzheimer’s. 

The antibodies that will be injected into the bloodstream, can also attach to fluorescent particles, data from which can be obtained on a brain scan. 

Krtin has already submitted his research to the Google Science Fair Prize, and has been informed that his test has made it to the finals previous week. However, Krtin has to wait until next month to find out whether he is the recipient of the prestigious scholarship and mentoring to go ahead with his idea. 

In a recent interview Krtin told media that the major benefits of his test lies in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease before the symptoms of the disease start to appear. The results of the test will help to focus on the pathophysiological changes, some of which starts occurring almost a decade before the actual symptoms of the disease starts showing. 

It is hard to diagnose the prevalent of neurodegenerative disease like dementia due to the blood-brain barrier. Krtin antibodies have exhibited the ability to pass through the barrier, which makes the diagnosis and treatment of the disease possible. 

Lab tests have revealed that these antibodies actually inhibits the toxic proteins, and stops them from developing further, which can potentially prevent Alzhiemer’s in its tracks. 

Some of the latest researches on the antibody has indicated that the diagnostic probe have simultaneously demonstrates therapeutic potentials as well, said Krtin, who is a student of the Sutton Grammar School. 
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