Surgeon holding injection vaccine

Surgeon holding injection vaccine

(Meredith) -- Researchers at the University of New Mexico are working on a promising vaccine they hope could prevent Alzheimer's.

Associate professor Kiran Bhaskar told KRQE he had the idea for the vaccine in 2013. "I would say it took about five years or so to get from where the idea generated and get the fully functioning working vaccine," he said.

The vaccine is designed to target a specific protein that's found in the brains of those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The vaccine has been tested on mice, and the results look promising. The vaccinated mice were able to navigate maze-like tests much better than their unvaccinated peers.

A clinical version of the new vaccine is still years away from being approved for testing on humans, but so far the results are promising. The researchers are now looking for partnerships to help with funding.

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