Indian boy in Britain has developed a simple test to detect Alzheimer’s disease, which hinders memory and cognition features in brain as people age. The device will detect the first symptom of Alzheimer’s will 10 years in advance.
Krtin Nithiyanandam, 15, from Epsom, Surrey, has developed a ‘trojan horse’ anti-body that can enter the brain and get itself attached to neurotoxic proteins. The antibodies can be imjeted into the bloodstream with attached fluorescent particles which can be seen in a brain scan later.
Krtin’s test has been submitted to the Google Science Fair Prize and it was learned that he was among those in the final phase of selection as of last week. The final results will be announced next month. The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to all those aged between 13 and 18.
“The main benefits of my test are that it could be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms start to show by focusing on pathophysiological changes, some of which can occur a decade before symptoms are prevalent,” Krtin said in an interview with the “Daily Telegraph’.
Dur to blood, it is difficult to get the correct blood-brain shape in tests making it difficult to find out neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia nd Alzheimer’s. Now with the new ‘handcuff’ method to find toxic proteins in the brain, it could potentially stop Alzhiemer’s in its tracks as easrly as 10 years ahead now.
“Some of my new preliminary research has suggested that my diagnostic probe could simultaneously have therapeutic potential,” said Krtin who is a student at Sutton Grammar School. Krtin parents moved to Britain when he was a baby.
Krtin, who has suffered from hearing problems as a child, is keen to pursue medicine. “I have personally seen what a difference it can make to people’s lives and I want to make a difference to the lives of others,” he said.