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Dallas Researcher Aims to Unlock Mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease
Date:12/8/2009

ugh the body from the external environment through the lungs, heart, and skeletal muscle to perform cognitive function and physical activity.

Dr. Zhang's project will focus on how exercise impacts blood flow to and within the brain, called cerebral perfusion or cerebrovascular function. The objective is to test the hypothesis that regulation of blood circulation within the brain is impaired in patients with mild cognitive impairment, leading to brain atrophy, white matter lesions and cognitive impairment. He'll also research whether endurance training improves cerebrovascular function and if that slows brain-function decline in patients with mild cognitive impairment.

"Research into the causes and treatments of brain diseases has traditionally focused on patients from the neck up," Dr. Zhang said. "Cardiovascular research has focused on the heart, lungs and blood vessels from the neck down. We want to bridge that divide -- and find whether there's a connection between the two."

To learn more about participating in this study, call 214-345-4605.

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