A UW-Madison scientist says "exciting" new research could pave the way for slowing or even stopping the onset of Alzheimers. Director of Alzheimer's Research Dr. Sanjay Asthana says researchers are conducting studies with an experimental drug designed to stop amyloid protein from developing in the brain. Abnormal development of the protein has been linked to the disease's progression.

Asthana also says they are tackling the root of Alzheimer's progression, where as other treatments deal only with symptoms.

UW is accepting volunteers for the free study. They're looking for those over the age of 50 with memory problems or who've been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Interested participants can call 1-866-636-7764.

AUDIO: Brian Moon reports (MP3 :70)

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