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NIH reports on recent Alzheimer’s research advances

July 7, 2014

2013-2014 NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report Available Online

A new online report provides an easy-to-read overview of recent National Institutes of Health-funded Alzheimer’s disease research advances and new initiatives. Issued by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the NIH, the annual report--2013-2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Insights and Challenges--discusses research momentum under the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, describes new investments and research priorities, and summarizes research advances in several areas:

  • Understanding the biology of Alzheimer’s and the aging brain
  • Identifying genetic influences on risk for late-onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form
  • Detecting the earliest Alzheimer’s-related brain changes, including further development of biomarkers to track the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s
  • Understanding gender and racial differences in the impact of Alzheimer’s
  • Stepping up translational research that enables the design and testing of new drugs
  • Testing in clinical trials potential new therapies to prevent, delay, or treat Alzheimer’s
  • Finding better ways to support caregivers

Other features include a video introduction by NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes, a primer on Alzheimer’s disease and the brain, tables listing NIA-funded clinical trials, and videos that highlight promising areas of research.

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