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VANCOUVER-(Business Wire)-April 9, 2009 - Innovative research by a 17-
year-old Surrey BC, Sands Secondary School student that could lead to
an improved treatment for Alzheimer╣s disease has earned first place
in the 2009 Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge (SABC) in the British
Grade 12 student Yang (Linda) Liu won the $3000 cash prize with a
study into the tangling of a protein that causes Alzheimer╣s and many
other neurological diseases. She will travel to Ottawa to compete in
the national SABC competition May 5th to be judged by a panel of
experts at the National Research Council. The national winners will be
announced at a ceremony in Ottawa on May 6th.
Ms. Liu discovered that rhubarb extract possesses the ability to
inhibit the clumping of a tau protein. Aggregation of this tau protein
is implicated in the cause of many neurological diseases, among them
Alzheimer╣s, ALS, Parkinson╣s, and others, and this research has
potential applications in their treatment.
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