NIH-funded researchers link epigenome changes to Alzheimer’s disease
August 15, 2014
Two new NIH-supported studies have shown that a person’s epigenome—the chemical modifications, or marks, on our DNA that turn gene activity on and off—may influence Alzheimer’s disease-related changes in the brain. The...
Blog post - Funding opportunity for research on chronic inflammation
August 13, 2014
Chronic inflammation increases with aging, and it is linked to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer, as well as frailty and disability. The NIA is offering new funding for research on chronic inflammation. If you study inflammation, please...
Physical activity and Alzheimer’s-related hippocampal atrophy
August 4, 2014
Physical activity may help prevent atrophy of the hippocampus, a brain region important for learning and memory that often shrinks in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study that looked at the rate of atrophy over 18...
Blog post - Alzheimer’s disease research & the U.S. NIH: what’s new?
July 30, 2014
International collaboration is vital to advancing Alzheimer’s disease research, from genetics to biomarkers to translational research. In a new blog post, Dr. Neil Buckholtz, Director of the Division of Neuroscience at NIA, speaks about his...
NIH scientists find six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson's
July 27, 2014
Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson’s disease, including six that had not been previously reported. The study, published in Nature Genetics, was...
Blog post - new funding for health disparities research
July 23, 2014
New funding for health disparities research has just been announced by the National Institute on Aging. This funding will add health disparities projects and researchers to existing NIA grants. Grad students, postdocs, and junior faculty members...
Blog post - women of color and career advancement
July 16, 2014
Women of color continue to face many challenges in science. Too often, they experience covert or overt racism and sexism in science classrooms and in research workplaces. In a new blog post, Marie Bernard, Deputy Director at the National Institute...
Landmark A4 Alzheimer's prevention trial now enrolling
July 9, 2014
Healthy older adults age 65 to 85 with normal memory but who may be at risk of Alzheimer’s are invited to participate in a major clinical trial to prevent or delay the disease. The trial—Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer...
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...
NIH funds next step of cutting-edge research into Alzheimer’s disease genome
July 7, 2014
Teams of scientists will use support from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research into the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease, analyzing how genome sequences—the order of chemical letters in a cell’s DNA...