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APP Upp: Mutation Nixes Six Amino Acids from Aβ, Spurs Aggregation

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2019-04-20 Conference Coverage Thirty missense mutations in amyloid precursor protein  are known to cause autosomal-dominant Alzheimer’s disease. Now, scientists at Uppsala University, Sweden, have identified a deletion in the APP gene that does the same thing. At ...

Expression, Expression, Expression—Time to Get on Board with eQTLs

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2019-04-19 Conference Coverage Next-generation genetic analysis has opened the floodgates to a wave of new gene discovery. Whole-exome and-genome sequencing have nearly doubled the number of previously known Alzheimer’s genes (see Part 1 of this story). But modern ...

At AD/PD Conference, New Alzheimer’s Genes Reinforce Known Pathways

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2019-04-19 Conference Coverage Genome-wide association studies have turned up some 30 loci linked to Alzheimer’s, yet GWAS still left much of the disease’s heritability unexplained. To find the remaining genes, geneticists have turned to whole-genome and whole-exome ...

NIH Summit Sets Agenda for AD-Related Dementias

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2019-03-22 Conference Coverage A busy hub of subcommittee meetings and brainstorming sessions, the Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias Summit 2019, held March 14–15 at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, articulated research priorities for ...

Getting to Go: GAP-Net Sets Sight on Faster Start

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2019-03-22 Conference Coverage In their grand project to hasten the start-up of therapy trials, the Global Alzheimer’s Platform trial network (GAP-Net) is looking to unclog procedural bottlenecks. Part 1 of this report of the GAP-Net Site Optimization conference, ...

In Year Three, GAP Trial Network Is Starting to Hum

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2019-03-21 Conference Coverage Outside the daffodils and forsythia were blooming, but the group assembled in Nashville, Tennessee, hardly took notice. At the GAP-Net Site Optimization Conference, held February 27–March 1, representatives of 61 academic and private ...

When Glial Clocks Fall Out of Sync, Inflammation Ensues

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-21 Conference Coverage The circadian clock—the body’s molecular timekeeper—is best known for tuning our sleep, metabolism, digestion, and body temperature to the cycles of dark and light. Yet it controls other functions, as well. At the Society for ...

Tau Silences, Aβ Inflames; Hitting Excitatory Synapses Hardest

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-20 Conference Coverage Part 2 of a two-part story. Click here for Part 1. Long before neurons die in the Alzheimer’s brain, their synapses go kaput. Both Aβ and tau pathology have been blamed for this synaptic breakdown, but at the Society for Neuroscience ...

Toxic Tau: Who Are You, and Where Are You From?

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-20 Conference Coverage Part 1 of a two-part story. Click here for Part 2. Tau comes in many forms, and calls many locations home, both inside and outside of cells. Which is the one that wreaks damage to neurons, and where exactly does it reside? Researchers ...

How Immune Cells From Blood Beget Aging in Brain

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-14 Conference Coverage Never mind the wrinkles and gray hair. Embattled microglia, waning neurogenesis, and withering synapses are also part and parcel of the aging process. What drives those seemingly inexorable changes inside the brain? At the Society for ...

World Dementia Council Takes Stock of Progress, Challenges

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-12 Conference Coverage On December 5, global leaders came together at the Wellcome Trust offices in London for a meeting of the World Dementia Council, the body charged with leading the global response to dementia and coordinating international efforts ...

A Proteomics Dive into Cause of Frontotemporal Dementia

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-06 Conference Coverage If DNA makes RNA makes protein, then genomic variants make RNA make protein … make disease. While scientists have found polymorphisms that associate with various forms of frontotemporal dementia, deciphering how they perturb proteins ...

Tracking Onset and Progression of Frontotemporal Dementia

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-05 Conference Coverage Now that initiatives such as ARTFL and LEFFTDS have gathered sufficient numbers of participants for scientists to tackle prevention and treatment trials (see Part 2 of this conference series), the need for better tools to track onset ...

Natural History Studies Provide Foundation for FTD Research

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-05 Conference Coverage At the 11th International Congress on Frontotemporal Dementia, held November 11–14 in Sydney, no two acronyms were heard more than ARTFL and LEFFTDS. For those readers who have not built them into their FTD vocabulary yet, Advancing ...

11th ICFTD Meeting in Sydney Sorts Out Clinical Subtypes

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2018-12-04 Conference Coverage Indigenous Australian people opened the 11th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementia at the International Convention Center, Sydney, November 11–14. Koomurri performers welcomed more than 600 attendees from 37 countries. ...

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