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Date:10/17/2011

. Ben-Yakar's mother has Alzheimer's disease and one of Pierce-Shimomura's sons has Down syndrome, a condition that predisposes him to Alzheimer's.

"I know the disease and I live with it daily, so for me this research is very important," Ben-Yakar said.

"Most people with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer's between 40 and 60 years. When I look at my 10-year-old son, I feel the clock ticking," added Pierce-Shimomura.

Together, the two researchers are combining their backgrounds and disciplines to tackle a complex challenge with new approaches.

"We're constantly sharpening our research approach by collaborating, sharing ideas and bringing our different areas of expertise to the table," Ben-Yakar said. "That's our advantage. If we can find new ways to accelerate finding of new treatments and help people, we'll have done our jobs."


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Contact: Melissa Mixon
melissa.mixon@austin.utexas.edu
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University of Texas at Austin
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