Boy invents test for Alzheimer’s disease


A 15-year old school boy, Krtin Nithiyanandam has developed a test which can pick up the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease …reports Asian Lite News

Old AgeA 15-year-old British boy Krtin Nithiyanandam has developed a potential test for Alzheimer’s disease which could allow the condition to be diagnosed 10 years before the first symptoms appear.

Krtin Nithiyanandam, of Epsom, Surrey, has developed a ‘trojan horse’ antibody which can penetrate the brain and attach to neurotoxic proteins which are present in the very first stages of the disease. Currently Alzheimer’s can only be detected through a series of cognitive tests or by looking at the brain after death says a report in The Telegraph.

Krtin submitted his test to the Google Science Fair Prize and learned that he had made it through to the final. Next month he will know if has won a prestigious scholarship and mentoring to take his idea further.

“The main benefits of my test are that it could be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms start to show by focusing on pathophysiological changes, some of which can occur a decade before symptoms are prevalent,” Krtin told The Daily Telegraph.

“This early diagnosis could help families prepare for the future and ensure that existing drugs are used to better effect.

“Another benefit is that due to the conjugated fluorescent nanoparticles, my diagnostic-probe can be used to image Alzheimer’s disease non-invasively.”

There are 850,000 people currently suffering from dementia in the UK, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common type. The disease kills at least 60,000 people each year.

“I chose Alzheimer’s disease because I am fascinated by neuroscience and the workings of the brain.

“Alzheimer’s disease kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined and Alzheimer’s is also considered to be one of the greatest medical challenges of the 21st century,’’ said Kritin.

Krtin, who moved to Britain from India with his family when he was a baby, also represents Surrey in squash, is a member of St John’s Ambulance Cadets and is working towards his silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.