Exploring the Links

As a by- product of research made by Boston Research teams developing human stem cells to grow human corneas, further information was released that will assist in the further research of Alzheimers disease.While looking in detail at the human retina, researchers have focused on the nerve fibres of the retina and have revealed that the thickness of the nerve fibre layers on the retina are linked with degenerative diseases. When compared to healthy models, the layers were fifteen per cent less thick in patients already diagnosed with degenerative disease.

Now a study has been specifically set up with four hundred and fifty test subjects aged fifty and over at the University Hospital Bordeaux to investigate further the correlation between  nerve layer thickness and the severity of degenerative disease such as Alzheimers. The subjects will be subject to a non invasive procedure that will record cross sections of the patients eyes using optical coherence tomography.