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Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health? Learn about new and featured studies below or search for clinical trials and studies near you with the Alzheimers.gov Clinical Trials Finder New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details and contact information. Caregiving Cognitive Training and Exercise Drugs SpeechContinue reading “Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research”

Loss of Smell Linked to Alzheimer’s Impairment and Biomarkers

A decline in sense of smell is connected to faster buildup of Alzheimer’s disease-related pathology seen in brain scans, according to new research by NIA scientists. This study focused on older adults who live outside of nursing homes; specifically, 364 participants from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), over an average period of aboutContinue reading “Loss of Smell Linked to Alzheimer’s Impairment and Biomarkers”

New funding opportunities from NIA

Recent funding opportunities and notices This alert links to all of the Funding Opportunity Announcements and Notices published by the National Institute on Aging at NIH in the previous month, giving researchers and trainees a heads up about what’s new. Read about the latest NIA Funding Opportunities (published in June 2022) by clicking on theContinue reading “New funding opportunities from NIA”

Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and cognitive health? Learn about new and featured studies below or search for clinical trials and studies near you with the Alzheimers.gov Clinical Trials Finder. New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details and contact information. Caregiving SilverBills: A Financial and Legal Tech ToolContinue reading “Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research”

New Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the buildup of a protein called beta-amyloid, which forms sticky plaques on the brain and can cause brain cells to die. Testing for the presence of these amyloid plaques on the brain is an important part of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and research. A study, funded in part by NIA, found thatContinue reading “New Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease”

Blocking Hormone Improves Alzheimer’s Symptoms; Direct Link Between Brain Inflammation, Neuron Death, & Cognitive Changes in Mice; and more

Check out the latest in aging advances, research, and events from NIA: NIA statement on CMS Medicare coverage policy for approved monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s — Read a statement from NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. Blocking hormone improves Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice — An NIA-supported study found that a hormoneContinue reading “Blocking Hormone Improves Alzheimer’s Symptoms; Direct Link Between Brain Inflammation, Neuron Death, & Cognitive Changes in Mice; and more”

Fostering Alzheimer’s Brain Donation Among African Americans

Increasing African-American participation in medical research is challenging for a number of understandable and well-documented reasons. In part, many African Americans may mistrust medical research and the medical establishment based on past abuses, such as the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. However, several NIA-supported Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) researchers, in collaboration with members of their local African-American communities,Continue reading “Fostering Alzheimer’s Brain Donation Among African Americans”

Workshop on Improving Models for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s disease

Building better models of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease Amanda DiBattista, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience Every moment counts in the pursuit of effective preventions and treatments for age-associated diseases affecting the brain. Capturing the essence of how aging and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease affect the brain without the need to wait for agingContinue reading “Workshop on Improving Models for Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s disease”

Gene Variant Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s in African Americans

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 found. Although preliminary, the findings suggest that the two racial groups may have different genetic risk profiles for the most commonContinue reading “Gene Variant Linked to Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s in African Americans”