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International collaboration on genetics of Alzheimer's disease
A new collaboration between four international consortia concerned with Alzheimer's disease (AD) genetics has been announced.
The International Genomics of Alzheimer's Project (IGAP) aims to completely understand the role inheritance plays in AD. To achieve this goal, IGAP will work to identify all the genes that contribute to the risk of developing this disease.The IGAP collaboration will enable investigators to compare combined genetic data from more than 20,000 people with AD with about 20,000 healthy elderly subjects. The subjects for these studies come from different AD research project locations across Europe, the UK, the US, and Canada. IGAP expects to present its first findings at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (AAICAD) in July 2011.
International collaboration and the sharing of genetic data on this scale is a significant step forward in understanding and combating this tragic disease. A new report from Alzheimer's Research UK calls for increased support from government and charitable sources for research, noting that ‘for every UK scientist working on dementia, six work on cancer’.