CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- After receiving a $55 million donation, the University of Virginia Department of Athletics has created a program dedicated to researching Alzheimer's and similar diseases.

On Friday, Dr. John Lukens, a researcher at the facility, gave an update on its recent findings. He discussed some major questions concerning Alzheimer's. He said that most treatments for Alzheimer's at the moment don't usually affect the underlying disease.

"Most of the treatments we have out there right now deal with the symptoms, not so much the things that're driving the disease. So there's a huge opportunity and one we hope to make a huge dent in over the next couple of years," he said.

He also said that his team is working to find a way to control the immune system to decrease injuries that contribute to Alzheimer's. To find out more about the Center and its work, click here.