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Read the latest scientific news and updates on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

4th Annual NIA-AA Symposium: Enabling Precision Medicine for AD Through Open Science

October 27 – 28, 2021
10:00am – 3:00pm EDT

Purpose and Background

This live, virtual symposium will feature an array of NIA-supported translational research programs that employ precision medicine principles and open-science practices to:

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PSAP gene found important for a neuron’s survival
An NIA-supported research team discovered that the PSAP gene is needed for a neuron’s survival in oxidative stress conditions.
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Hormone links exercise with cognitive benefits
Researchers found that irisin, an exercise-induced hormone, improves cognitive performance in mice.
Older adults supporting Alzheimer's disease research.
NIH expands Alzheimer’s and related dementias centers research network
NIH has funded two new Alzheimer’s disease centers to expand cutting-edge research and diminish the burden of these diseases on understudied groups.
Pareja de personas mayores que apoya las investigaciones sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer.
Los NIH amplían la red de los Centros de Investigación de la Enfermedad de Alzheimer y las Demencias Relacionadas
Los NIH han financiado dos nuevos Centros de Investigación para la Enfermedad de Alzheimer y las Demencias Relacionadas para expandir la red de estudios innovadores sobre estas enfermedades y disminuir su carga en los grupos poco estudiados.
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Drug that boosts brain’s cleansing system improved symptoms in Alzheimer’s mouse model
An experimental drug that boosts the brain’s natural trash disposal system improved some symptoms in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.
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A high level of APOE in neurons may predict neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s
An NIA-supported project showed that a rise in apolipoprotein E (APOE) in neurons may signal the death of these cells, a process linked to Alzheimer’s.
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Some brain functions may improve with age
Computer tests of attention and the ability to focus revealed that older adults declined in only one out of three key brain functions.
Middle-aged adult with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease looking concerned.
Study tests two drug treatments for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
A clinical trial shows that two drugs, gantenerumab and solanezumab, did not slow cognitive decline among people with dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease.
Two scientists working in a laboratory measuring the mass-to-charge ratio of ions.
NIH small business funding boosts Alzheimer’s science advances
A new paper describes the impact and case studies of NIA’s SBIR investments into Alzheimer’s research.