NIH-supported Alzheimer’s studies to focus on innovative treatments
January 14, 2013
With new research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s premier Alzheimer’s disease study network will undertake four major studies aimed at finding new treatments for the disease. The award supports the latest...
Latest NIH Alzheimer’s research progress report available
January 14, 2013
A new online report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) highlights recent progress in NIH-supported Alzheimer’s disease research. Prepared annually by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH, the latest report -- 2011-2012...
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 dendrites after...
Study identifies basis for sense of trust in older people
December 7, 2012
Two new studies by NIA-funded researchers at UCLA have shown that older people are less adept than younger people at discerning visual clues of dishonesty in others. This may help to explain why many older people are more susceptible to financial...
NIH-supported international teams identify rare Alzheimer’s disease risk gene variant
November 15, 2012
Two international teams of researchers, with NIH scientists and support, have separately identified a rare variation in the TREM2 gene as a moderate risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. TREM2 is a gene involved in inflammation and...
NIH-supported scientists find genes influence susceptibility to problems from vitamin D deficiency
November 14, 2012
An international team of researchers has found that the vitamin D receptor gene (VDR), which senses and communicates the presence of vitamin D to the body, influences the chance that people with vitamin D deficiency develop negative health outcomes...
NIH Toolbox Unveiled
November 2, 2012
Standardized neurological, behavioral measures to aid clinical research Unveiled in September 2012, the NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Behavioral and Neurological Function provides common, standardized measurements that will make it easier to pool...
Genetic variation linked to age-related hearing loss
October 25, 2012
A team of NIH-supported researchers has confirmed a link between age-related hearing loss and a gene producing a key protein in the inner ear. The findings reinforce observations in older people that genetics and environment interact, linking age-...
New database aims to capture international Alzheimer’s disease research efforts
October 10, 2012
NIH, Alzheimer’s Association invite research funders to participate A new, publicly available database is seeking to capture the full spectrum of current Alzheimer’s disease research investments and resources—both in the U.S....
Dr. Neil Buckholtz named head of Division of Neuroscience
October 2, 2012
The National Institute on Aging is pleased to announce that Neil Buckholtz, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new Director of the Division of Neuroscience (DN). Dr. Buckholtz comes to this position after 19 years of distinguished leadership as chief...