February 2017

New Citizen Science Project Allows Public to Play Role in Alzheimer’s Research

EyesOnALZ is the first-ever citizen science project that allows the public to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease research by crowdsourcing data analysis. The project, supported by BrightFocus Foundation, uses an online game to help Cornell researchers who are studying clogged blood vessels in the brain. To learn more about the game, go here.

Gut Bacteria Could Play Role in Development of Alzheimer’s Disease, Researchers Say

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden found that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The research team studied both healthy and diseased animal models, finding that the composition of intestinal bacteria differed between the two groups. The team discovered that models without the presence of bacteria had a significantly smaller amount of beta-amyloid plaques in their brains. To read the full study published in Nature, go here.

Dr. Richard Hodes Speaks on Alzheimer’s Research at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Dr. Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, delivered a talk, titled “Curing Alzheimer’s: The Research Imperative,” at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Kloster, Switzerland. To watch his speech, go here.

New Findings May Be Key to Understanding Neurological Disease

Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of Central Lancashire have discovered a new mechanism that controls how nerve cells communicate with one another. Long-term potentiation (LTP) is a process that increases the strength of communication across synapses, which controls how the brain operates to help with learning and memory. The researchers found a new type of LTP that is controlled by kainate receptors. This discovery could lead to finding new therapeutic strategies for diseases like dementia. To learn more about the researchers’ findings, go here.

The 13th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease Registration Deadline, March 14

Save the Date! AD/PD™ 2017 takes place March 29 to April 2, 2017, in Vienna, Austria. The conference brings together clinical investigators, basic scientists, established investigators, and young talents. To learn more about the conference, go here.

Save the Date for the Cognitive Aging Summit III, April 6-7

Convened by the National Institute on Aging, the Cognitive Aging Summit III “will bring together experts in a variety of research fields to discuss the most cutting-edge advances in our understanding of age-related brain and cognitive changes, with a particular focus on resilience and reserve.” For more information, please go here.

NIA Will Host Meeting on Shaping Recruitment Strategies for Alzheimer’s Disease, April 28

The National Institute on Aging will host a meeting to examine solutions to recruitment challenges in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The meeting will allow stakeholders to provide input that will assist in shaping a national recruitment strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, which is slated for a late summer 2017 release. The meeting will be streamed live. More information about the meeting will be provided on NIA’s website soon.