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A new Oxford Sparks animation with Hazel Hall-Roberts (Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute) explores how researchers at the University of Oxford are working to discover new treatments for Alzheimer's.

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Your beautiful, complex brain is a network of microscopic cells that connect together to form your thoughts and personality, and control your body. The network is fragile and requires constant upkeep, like a garden. The brain has its own gardeners, specialised cells called microglia.

In this new animation, Oxford Sparks look at how researchers at the University of Oxford are developing drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, by harnessing the power of the brain’s microglia. Watch the animation below. 

 

Oxford Sparks is an online platform that highlights the scientific research carried out at the University through exciting videos, animations and podcasts aimed at a public audience. Scientists from the Division have worked with Oxford Sparks to produce a variety of digital content that explains their innovative research to a wider audience, including a large number of exciting animations and this new podcast series. 

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