News & Events : 2013

International Collaboration Finds 11 New Alzheimer’s Genes to Target for Drug Discovery

Miller School researchers played a key role in the largest international Alzheimer’s disease genetics collaboration to date, which identified 11 new regions of the genome that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, doubling the number of potential genetics-based therapeutic targets to investigate. Published October 27 in Nature Genetics, the study gives a broader view of the genetic factors contributing to Alzheimer’s and expands the understanding of the disease to new areas, including the immune system, where a genetic overlap with other neurodegenerative diseases, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, was identified.

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Researchers Identify New Gene Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans

Miller School researchers collaborated with a national team to identify a new gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. Published April 10 in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, their study, “Variants in the ATP-binding cassette transporter, ABCA7, and the apolipoprotein E ε4 allele substantially and equally influence risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans,” provides new directions for biological, genetic and therapeutic studies of Alzheimer’s disease.

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