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ARUK 2021 | Emergent virus can create new opportunities for infectious causes of dementia

Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, discusses how the emergence of new central nervous system (CNS) viral infections combined with senescent immune and nervous systems in the aged population can create new opportunities for infectious causes of dementia. For the most part, our immune system has successfully protected us from infection; however, a number of viruses emerged in the last 50 years to cause significant neurologic disease. Prof. Wiley outlines different viral CNS infections that have been described in the past, including Influenza and HIV. This interview took place during the Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Conference 2021.