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Scientists have found copper and iron in the brains of dying Alzheimer’s patients. This discovery was the hope for new treatment methods.

Experts at Keele University found copper and iron nanoparticles around 1/10, 000 the size of a pinhead in the brains of two deceased people with Alzheimer’s.

The fragments were discovered in plaques containing harmful proteins known as amyloid, which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease and often accumulate in the spaces between nerve cells.

Elemental metals have been confirmed for the first time in human brain tissue and may help them better understand how they can contribute to the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, researchers said.


A professor of biomedical nanophysics at Keele University, said of the new findings: “in fact, it’s not yet clear whether such particles are really linked to the disease. At least their presence suggests there is more to learn about the way metals are processed in the brain.”

Telling said the discovery of the elemental metals was unexpected, adding: “much more time and more research is needed for the findings to affect treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Ultimately, this array of research could lead to new treatments targeting metals as well as amyloid proteins that are currently being studied.”

The researchers said the discovery was extremely important to slow the progress of these incurable brain diseases.

There are about 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s society, and this is expected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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