Herng Er Horng is a superconductivity researcher whose research team has successfully developed a new method for early screening of Alzheimer’s Disease. By employing superconductive quantum interference devices to study the biomarkers for Alzheimer’s, the process of testing for the disease has been greatly simplified. With this method, patients will only be required to draw less than one milliliter of blood and the results will be available within 5 hours. In addition, earlier stages of Alzheimer’s can be detected within an accuracy rate of 85%.
This breakthrough research is made possible through a collaborative effort from Horng’s research team at the National Taiwan Normal University’s Institute of Electro-Optical Science and Technology as well as research physicians at the National Taiwan University Hospital. Even though this critical discovery was for testing Alzheimer’s, Horng hopes that the technology and the theories behind such testing can help perform early detection on other diseases as well.