“I see my job as really trying to understand basic biology, understand how the human brain works, and hope that someday, people will use that information to develop new treatments and therapeutics,” Weinshenker, whose work was honored during the event, said during a video presentation prepared by event organizers.
Researchers are hoping to develop tests that will be able to identify the presence of Alzheimer’s early on. While the challenges are great, Weinshenker struck a hopeful note.
“We’re right on the precipice of being able to make an analogy to cancer and saying, we know enough about the actual biology of the disease that we can start targeting treatments and medications that will really make a difference,” he said. “This is the most exciting time to be an Alzheimer’s researcher, in my opinion.”
Added Sarah Kennedy, “There is nothing more exciting to me than going out to Emory and visiting these brilliant scientists in the Alzheimer’s research lab. It gives me hope. It gives all of us hope. Hope is such a powerful word.”