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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – February 2011

New Online Report on Alzheimer’s Disease

Format: Web Site
Institute: National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Against the backdrop of an aging population, the search for more effective ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease (AD) is increasingly urgent. The U.S. investment in AD research through NIH has resulted in accelerating progress on several research fronts and laid the groundwork for future discovery. NIA, working with other NIH Institutes and Centers, leads the federal government's research on this devastating disease.

The 2009 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease: Translating New Knowledge summarizes current scientific directions and highlights key findings from NIH-funded AD research. Topics include:

  • Discovery of new genes and biological mechanisms that cause AD.
  • Earlier disease detection using neuroimaging and biomarkers.
  • Links between AD and other age-related diseases.
  • Rapid translation of lab findings to potential treatments.
  • Lifestyle factors that may protect against AD.
  • Successful cognitive aging.
  • Clinical trials under way now to prevent or treat AD and cognitive decline.
  • Research-tested strategies to support caregivers.

Next Steps

The 2009 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease: Translating New Knowledge is available online only at www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/ADProgress2009.

This page last reviewed on September 6, 2012

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