Dr. Paul Alan Cox, head of the Brain Chemistry Labs of the Institute for Ethnomedicine, shares the latest on his team’s research into neurodegenerative disease. They investigated the presence of neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) and beta-amyloid plaques, structures similar to those in Alzheimer’s. These pathologies were present in people of the village of Chamorro, Guam, and so Dr. Cox’s team sought to research the effects of chronic dietary exposure to BMAA, a cyanobacterial toxin present in some traditional Chamorro food. Using Huron Digital Pathology’s TissueScope LE, the team was able to achieve quantitative results on the formation of NFT and amyloid deposits in response to chronic dietary BMAA exposure.
Learn more here about the study and Dr. Cox’s research, from News-Medical.net