Dr. Karen Ashe: Stalking Alzheimer's

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 13, 2012 - 6:59 AM

For 20 years, Dr. Karen Ashe has been quietly unraveling the mysteries of Alzheimer's from her lab at the University of Minnesota.

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bs6699Feb. 12, 12 1:16 AM

Good story, Ms. Lerner.

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rms316Feb. 12, 12 7:05 AM

What this lady is doing is remarkable and is a good idea for healthcare in general. Eat and live healthier to prevent the onset of disease. I have tried to steer my life in that direction. Both my father and grandmother had Alzheimer's. Nobody should witness a loved one suffer from that disease. If I had millions to give to the project, I write the check tomorrow.

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TeddyWelshFeb. 12, 12 7:28 AM

So often the stories about the U of MN in the paper are about sports. This story covers research. This is one of the primary missions of the school. We need to keep people like Dr. Ashe at the university. They are the real stars. If her research leads to a preventive for Alzheimer's, what a wonderful thing it would be!

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allhailfsmFeb. 12, 12 8:41 AM

What a great story! It is a testament not only to these scientists, but to the idea that public investment in science and research is essential. No drug company will ever invest in a study that yields a cheap and effective solution to medical problems. The two Doctors, one at a VA and one at a university, are well compensated, or they would not be living in North Oaks. But they are both pursuing service to their society over the quest for profits. Wealth is not the only motivator! We need more of what drives these people. Respect, support, appreciation!

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stubby2000Feb. 12, 12 9:29 AM

An excellent story on a very important subject. Including information, for those interested, on if it is possible to request to be a part of the study would be helpful.

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whareidFeb. 12, 12 9:41 AM

Godspeed Dr. Karen Ashe!

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bobesseFeb. 12, 12 9:45 AM

Great effort by the writer to put this together. We know that breakthroughs come in very small increments in spite of what the word implies. Dr. Ashe is a rare gem and she should get support from whatever direction she needs. The disease is around us in our communities and families and spreading. Identifying prevention as key vs. finding a cure is a significant advancement in and of itself!

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BallFourFeb. 12, 1210:48 AM

If researchers shared their work across research universities and medical centers there would be a better chance of progress. The bottom line on this story is 20 years of research, almost as many years for the U putting this researcher forward for publicity, but no progress on Alzheimer's from the U.

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deppa1Feb. 12, 12 1:38 PM

BallFour: A comment like that either means you are a Tea Bagger or other hard righty who doesn't want to pay a dollar to support a public research institution. Fact is, nobody has found a cure for Alzheimers yet despite lots of research globally. It takes time, money, and smart people to find causes and potential cures.To say researchers don't share prevailing work or information shows how uninformed you are. There has been tremendous progress studying what happens in the brain, but no cure yet.. It took about 50 years to cure polio. I suppose you think that took too long.

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cospgscoFeb. 12, 12 2:42 PM

It seems the story states that it will be 5 years to get this study going. It also seems that there could be a pre-study for those of us fearful of the disease because of the toll it has taken on our families. I would be the first volunteer in line. Alzheimer's has taken a toll on my grandmother and my mother. If there is even the most remote of possibilities that I could do something to prevent it, I definitely would.

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