In September 2013, the Foundation alongside the Freemasons Charity assisted the leading researchers from NZ, Australia, the UK and USA to explore using the transgenic sheep model for Alzheimers research.
Professor Richard Snell, who completed a PhD in Cardiff in 1996 and was part of the group who identified the gene mutation that causes Huntington’s disease and Dr Suzanne Reid, both from the School of Biological Sciences at Auckland University are part of a team that planned the generation of a sheep model of Alzheimer’s disease. This follows the successful establishment of a flock of sheep used to model Huntington’s disease. Like Huntington’s, Alzheimers is highly prevalent in our society. The aim of the project is the development of a successful therapeutic resolution for this incurable disease.
The Foundation supports Alzheimers Auckland with grants for the special training required for carers of Alzheimers sufferers.