Aging and the Brain
Arc Fusion Dinner | San Francisco | April 21, 2015
Casey Lynch talks about aging, specifically the aging of our brains, introducing an unorthodox but intriguing idea about what causes – and how to treat – some cases of Alzheimer’s Disease. She shares the story of Australian physician and Nobel laureate Barry Marshall, who swallowed H. pylori bacteria in 1982 to prove that this micro-bug causes ulcers – which was dismissed at the time, but is now accepted truth. Casey started her new company, Cortexyme, based on a similar finding by UCSF psychiatrist Steven Domini, who found what he believes to be a microbial link to Alzheimer’s. She shares a glimpse into the company’s research and search for antibiotics to treat this scourge of aging brains.