15-year-old develops Alzheimer's test

Monday 13th July 2015 12:40 EDT

A 15-year-old schoolboy of Indian-origin in the UK has won at the Google Science Fair Prize. He developed a potential test for Alzheimer's, in which the disease could be diagnosed 10 years prior to the first symptoms.

Krtin Nithiyanandam, from Epsom, Surrey said, “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, who studies at Sutton Grammar School further stated, “Some of my new preliminary research has suggested that my diagnostic probe could simultaneously have therapeutic potential as well as diagnostic.”

Krtin was born in India and moved to the UK with his family when he was a baby. As a child, he suffered from hearing problems. He intends to study medicine at university when he leaves school. “I have personally seen what a difference it can make to people's lives and I want to make a difference to the lives of others.” 

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