Research against forgetfulness: new center for Alzheimer's disease prevention at the University Hospital


Cologne –

The Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Cologne, headed by Professor Frank Jessen, is one of Germany's leading research centers on Alzheimer's disease. One of the goals is the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have been working intensively for years on studies in this field. With the new Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Center Cologne (KAP), another important chapter is opening up. On Monday, July 8, the center will be officially opened.

"The Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Center in Cologne is unique in Germany, we are presenting the team, our work and our goals tonight, and in the new halls on Berrenrather Street we will be able to conducting more and more prevention studies and developing and proposing concrete measures, "said Frank Jessen." We will also present the latest research findings on prevention, which ten years ago was still thought it was impossible to influence the onset of dementia.It is almost fatal, if someone is affected.This is not like that.Studies have shown that a lot can be achieved through prevention – the sooner the better. "In the KAP, researchers also want to focus more on people over 50. "We want to look at the brain in good health, and start with prevention if you still have no symptoms, no impairment of memory."

The brain eliminates waste

Hypertension, diabetes, overweight and lack of exercise are risk factors for dementia. In addition, stress, lack of sleep, lack of social contacts, depression and lack of mental activity. "The brain is an organ that you can train in. It's too little realized that it's possible to actively ensure that the brain stays healthy." we see on the ground is illustrated by the example of sleep. A few years ago, a system until then unknown was discovered, which helps the brain to eliminate harmful waste. About this so-called glyphatic system cleanses the brain in a deep sleep. Cell waste that is transported out of brain cells also erodes harmful proteins, amyloids. The protein deposits are considered the central mark of Alzheimer's disease.

Zone will win the importance

The new Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Center in Cologne offers interested people not only to participate in new studies, but also courses on stress reduction and the promotion of awareness and activity physical. Most paid or subsidized by health insurance companies. If you want to participate, you must register. "The portal of entry is the Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Registry in Cologne, which has been going on for three years, since then about 850 women and men have registered," said Jessen.

In this registry, scientists collect contact information from people interested in preventing Alzheimer's disease. They are regularly informed about new studies, current research findings and new prevention concepts. According to clinic director Jessen, this area will become more and more important in the future. About 1.7 million people with dementia currently live in Germany. Most are affected by Alzheimer's disease. Upward trend. The German Alzheimer Society estimates that in Germany every 100 seconds a person suffers from dementia. There is no cure yet.

Opening of Alzheimer Prevention Center Cologne, Monday 8 July at 6 pm, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging conference room (Building 32), Joseph-Stelzmann-Straße 9b. There are still places available, free admission.