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  • Alector Generates Hope for Treating Neurodegeneration

    Sep. 6, 2023

    Redwood City, CA — As we age, our muscles and other tissues break down in much the same way as degenerative diseases progress. What we learn from studying degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophy could help researchers develop new interventions to fight common age-related ailments and chronic illnesses.

Alector Generates Hope for Treating Neurodegeneration


Aug. 14, 2023

San Francisco, CA — More than a decade ago, studies began showing that people who don’t make the usual amount of a protein called progranulin are at higher risk of developing certain neurodegenerative diseases, including frontotemporal dementia. “Scientists knew about this but didn’t really know what to do with the information,” said Arnon Rosenthal, Ph.D., CEO of the biopharmaceutical company Alector.

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