New research to investigate Alzheimer’s

A Joint Research Activity (JRA) supported by NMI3 FP7-project is working on a new humidity chamber. The instrument will be used for neutron scattering experiments to reproduce the human body conditions in order to shed light on biological processes such as the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

JRA Series: A new Humidity Chamber

To hear Dirk and Matthew on the new humidity chamber click here!

I have been to the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and spoke with Dirk Wallacher and Matthew Barrett, the PhD student in charge of the project, who told me all about this work as you can see in the video.

The human body is a moist and warm environment. To study how molecules behave inside it, it is necessary to reproduce these conditions in the lab. As part of this JRA, the team is building a new humidity chamber capable of providing continuous humidity and to reach very high relative humidity to represent what happens in situ in biological systems. The new humidity chamber will be used to analyse samples of biological and soft matter materials. For instance, Matthew will investigate the amyloid-beta protein which is involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

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