A recent study by researchers at the University of Virginia suggests previously unknown links between the body’s immune system and the brain. According to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium chairman Dr. Rudy Tanzi, these findings could be “absolutely game-changing” in the field of Alzheimer’s research once confirmed.
The scientists first discovered lymphatic vessels in the brains of mice they were studying. Though results are still preliminary, there seems to be evidence that this same anatomy exists in humans. If confirmed, the existence of such structures could explain observed correlations between immune system disorders, such as diabetes, and brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and depression.