MSU chemist patents potential Alzheimer’s treatment

Mar 20, 2015

Dr. Muraleedharan Nair is a natural products chemist at MSU. He's working with a botanical compound called withanamides, which are showing promise as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's Disease.
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The first documented case of Alzheimer’s disease was recorded in 1906. Since then, scientists have struggled to understand the cause of this neurological disorder that robs the mind of normal behavior. A Michigan State University chemist believes a natural compound from a well-known medicinal plant may one day be used to treat Alzheimer’s. He’s patented that compound in the hopes of starting human clinical trials.

Current State’s Mark Bashore spoke with Dr. Muralee Nair about his work.