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  • Gene variant linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s in African Americans
    April 15, 2013

    A variant of a gene involved in cholesterol and lipid production is associated with significantly higher risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans than in non-Hispanic whites of European ancestry, a recent study...

  • New Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry recruiting 250,000 volunteers
    March 28, 2013

    People who have been touched by Alzheimer’s—in a parent, partner, grandparent, or friend—know the challenges and sadness of this devastating disease. Many also wish to take action in the fight against the disease. Now, a...

  • New ADNI studies seek volunteers with memory concerns, and Vietnam veterans
    March 28, 2013

    The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, a landmark study in the early detection of Alzheimer’s, is seeking volunteers for two new studies. For the first study, researchers are recruiting people 65 to 90 years old with...

  • Analysis finds gene variants associated with Alzheimer’s amyloid deposition
    March 5, 2013

    NIA-supported researchers combined images of the brains of older people with Alzheimer’s or at risk for the disease with their genetic data to find a previously unknown link between the gene for butyrlcholinesterase (BCHE) and beta-...

  • A Conversation with…Dr. Luigi Ferrucci
    February 28, 2013

    In May 2011, NIA appointed internationally known gerontologist and epidemiologist Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., as scientific director. Dr. Ferrucci originally joined the NIA in 2002 to serve as chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section and...

  • Budget update
    February 28, 2013

    As the fiscal year 2013 budget discussions are underway on Capitol Hill, the NIA continues to support research and manage Institute funding. As many of you know, NIA is operating on a 6-month Continuing Resolution (CR), which provided $313...

  • National effort against Alzheimer’s ramps up
    January 31, 2013

    The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) legislation passed in 2011 is galvanizing U.S. efforts to combat Alzheimer’s and related dementias and to support patients and their caregivers. Under NAPA, all federal agencies...

  • Increasing enrollment in Alzheimer’s disease, other clinical trials
    January 31, 2013

    The goals of the new National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease include increasing recruitment into clinical trials for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As a first step, NIA is seeking information on Increasing Enrollment in...

  • Recruiting patients for Alzheimer’s clinical trials
    December 15, 2012

    By Neil S. Buckholtz, PhD, Director, Division of Neuroscience, NIA Geriatricians are on the front lines of treating people with Alzheimer’s disease, an age-related neurological disorder that currently affects as many as 5.1 million...

  • NIA researchers find protein PGC-1alpha may play important role in brain health
    December 12, 2012

    The human brain is made up of tens of billions of neurons, brain cells that act as information messengers, transmitting and receiving chemical and electrical signals. These messages are received by branch-like cell structures called...