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Mutations in Epigenetic Gene Linked to Neurodegeneration

RESEARCH NEWS 2020-05-01 Research News Rare but powerful gene variants help scientists understand how disease develops, but they are hard to find. By pooling data on people with different early onset dementias to get cohorts of a workable size, researchers pulled out an ...

Paul Taylor Wins 2020 Potamkin Prize

COMMUNITY NEWS 2020-05-01 Community News In a virtual ceremony hosted by the American Brain Foundation on April 29, Potamkin Philanthropies awarded the 2020 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases to J. Paul Taylor from St. Jude Children’s Research ...

Sigh of Relief? Lung Effects of LRRK2 Inhibitors are Mild.

RESEARCH NEWS 2020-04-24 Research News Proponents of LRRK2 inhibitor programs may breathe easier following a paper in the April 22 Science Translational Medicine. A collaboration led by researchers at the Michael J. Fox Foundation found that three different inhibitors of this ...

α-Synuclein Antibody Misses Primary, May Have Signal on Secondaries

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-22 Conference Coverage Roche and Prothena today announced  topline results from the first half of their Phase 2 trial of the α-synuclein antibody prasinezumab. Results were negative on the MDS-UPDRS, the primary outcome measure, but the company said it saw ...

Parkinson's Therapies Seek to Stem Progression

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-22 Conference Coverage At the second biannual Advances in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Therapies Focus Meeting (AAT-AD/PD), held virtually April 2 to 5, companies offered some news on investigational Parkinson’s therapies in Phase 1. One approach is targeted ...

With TREM2, Timing Is Everything

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-22 Conference Coverage Certain variants in the TREM2 gene more than triple a person’s risk of AD, seemingly by sapping the protective function this microglial receptor performs. According to findings presented at the virtual AAT-AD/PD meeting, held April 2 ...

Klotho Variant Cuts ApoE4’s Alzheimer Risk by a Third

RESEARCH NEWS 2020-04-17 Research News A meta-analysis of 22 cohorts seems to leave little doubt that variants of the longevity gene klotho protect against dementia—at least in people unfortunate enough to have inherited an ApoE4 allele. Researchers led by Michael Belloy, ...

‘Working from Home’: Do Gut Microbes Hold Sway Over Glia, Aβ?

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-16 Conference Coverage At the virtual AAT-AD/PD meeting, held April 2 to 5 online, researchers substantiated some prior hints on potential causal connections between the throngs of bacteria inhabiting the gut, how microglia function in the brain, and ...

Does Alzheimer’s Start in the Heart of the Cholinergic System?

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-16 Conference Coverage Three the approved drugs for Alzheimer’s disease attempt to boost the brain’s supply of acetylcholine, a critical neurotransmitter for cognition that wanes in people with the disease. But might crumbling of the brain’s cholinergic ...

Active Tau Vaccine: Hints of Slowing Neurodegeneration

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-15 Conference Coverage Because cognition in Alzheimer’s disease declines as tangles spread, and tau research tools are finally in hand, researchers are increasingly homing in on tau immunotherapy. At the second biannual Advances in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson ...

Confused About the DIAN-TU Trial Data? Experts Discuss

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-10 Conference Coverage At the virtual AAT-AD/PD Focus meeting held April 1 to 5, clinicians and funders involved in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) fired up their home computers to discuss results from the first DIAN-TU ...

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