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A significant hurdle in developing therapeutics and care models for Alzheimer’s disease that work for people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds is the recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented groups in clinical trials. At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2021, in Denver and virtually, researchers shared new evidence-based insights into why people from communities of color do and do not choose to participate in clinical trials.

Dorothy Farrar Edwards, PhD, faculty director of...

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Transgender and gender nonbinary adults in the United States are more likely to report worsening memory and thinking, functional limitations, and depression compared to cisgender (non-transgender) adults, according to two studies reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2021 in Denver and virtually. One of the studies was authored by Nickolas H. Lambrou, PhD, assistant scientist in the Gleason Lab, who found depression and cognitive disability was higher among transgender and gender nonbinary adults.

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The world’s largest and most prestigious Alzheimer’s disease conference is underway this week, and UW Alzheimer’s disease researchers are attending in high numbers, leading several important discussions.

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) attracts scientists and clinical researchers from across the world to come together to share new ideas to advance the goals of prevention, treatment, and care improvement of Alzheimer’s disease.

This year’s event is in Denver, Colorado — with a virtual option —...

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According to the World Health Organization, 14% of dementia cases worldwide may be caused by smoking. But quitting can help.

In a recent news article from the American Heart Association, Adrienne Johnson, PhD, shared her expertise in helping older adults quit smoking.

Dr. Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. She holds a Wisconsin ADRC Developmental Project Award to study the link between cigarette smoking and Alzheimer’s disease...

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Nathaniel Chin, MD, joined Wisconsin Public Radio's "Central Time" to talk about Alzheimer's disease prevention and take listener calls. "How to Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease" aired on WPR on July 2, 2021.
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The AHEAD Study is a new research study examining whether intervening ahead of symptoms may prevent future memory loss and dementia. AHEAD is the first research study that aims to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease by enrolling participants as young as 55 and using a tailored dosing approach.

The study looks at an investigational treatment aimed at delaying memory decline in people up to 20 years before the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. Discovering a treatment...

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In a special segment during the recent “Healthy Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): Nutrition in Action,” Nathaniel Chin, MD, and Michelle Braun, PhD, a neuropsychologist and national leader in the field of brain health, discussed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent approval of the drug aducanumab, marketed as Aduhelm, for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. They explained how the drug works to reduce amyloid in the brain, concerns around the treatment, and next...

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On June 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug aducanumab for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It is the first new treatment approved for Alzheimer’s disease since 2003
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Tobey Betthauser, PhD, was recently elected to the executive committee of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) Neuroimaging Professional Interest Area (PIA). Betthauser's new role as Steering Committee Member/Junior Scientist will begin after the 2021 Alzheimer's Association International Conference, slated for July 26-30 in Denver, Colorado.

The Neuroimaging PIA works to address the clinical application and methodological development of neuroimaging (MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, and others) to Alzheimer's...

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The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health launched the UW Center for Health Disparities Research in April 2021. The new center seeks to examine how a person’s environment and social conditions impact their health down to the molecular level.