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Fund established in McFadden’s honor to further dementia research

Sam McFadden’s curiosity and passion for studying neurodegenerative diseases will live on through the recently established Samuel A. McFadden Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Fund.

McFadden, the lab manager for the Smith Alzheimer’s Center Hascup Labs at SIU Medicine, has been battling a brain tumor for nearly a decade. In June 2023, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a fast-growing and aggressive brain tumor that currently does not have a cure.

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Providing hope, quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s

Art Express is one of many programs at the Smith Alzheimer’s Center at SIU Medicine designed to help those with dementia and their caregivers improve their quality of life.
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Going on the offensive: The potential link between cell senescence and Alzheimer's

When you catch a cold or cut your finger, the immune system begins the healing process by clearing damaged cells. As we age, that process weakens. Health problems linger as immune systems aren’t quite as robust as they once were, whether it’s fighting bacteria, viruses, or cancer cells. Alzheimer’s researchers are now exploring a process called senescent cell accumulation to see if it could be detrimental.
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ALS drug shows varying effects against Alzheimer’s, metabolism

Effects are unique between males and females A recent study from the Hascup labs at SIU Medicine has shown how riluzole, a drug compound typically used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)