Rush Identifies Genes Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers from a consortium of 44 U.S. universities and research institutions, including Rush University Medical Center , identified four new genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Each gene individually adds to the risk of having this common form of dementia later in life. The findings, published in the April issue of Nature Genetics, offer new insight into the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

An additional study has confirmed a previously identified gene and found a fifth.

The findings, published in the April issue of Nature Genetics, offer new insight into the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

This is a major advance in the field thanks to many scientists across the country working together over several years,” said David Bennett, MD, director of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. “These findings add key information needed to understand the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and should help in discovering approaches to its treatment and prevention.”

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