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  • Alzheimer's Impact on the Brain
  • Date: Winter 2016 issue
  • Link:Wiley
  • Type: Illustration
  • Team: Kim
Blessing from a Curse

Alzheimer’s Disease often runs in families, but the risk that runs through this family’s bloodline is higher than researchers have encountered before. Do family members hold clues encoded in their DNA that can help ward off this epidemic?

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Alzheimer's impact on the brain

Alzheimer's disease leads to nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. Affected nerve cells contain proteins called Tau tangles. Beta amyloids, another protein, clump between these damaged nerve cells and build up clusters called plaques. Over time, the brain shrinks dramatically, affecting nearly all of its functions.

Who is this for?

This illustration was created for general public to explain the pathology and impact of Alzheimer’s Disease’s on the brain in Dr. Allan Levey’s article.

The Result

The readers of the magazine were able to better understand the mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease.