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Nature Genetics Study Finds 11 New Genetic Areas of Interest that Contribute to Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

October 27, 2013

Gerard Schellenberg, PhD, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium (ADGC) and professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is the co-senior author of a global collaboration that has found 11 new genetic areas of interest that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer's Disease (LOAD). The study, published in Nature Genetics, doubles the number of potential genetics-based therapeutic targets to interrogate and provides a broader view of genetic factors contributing to the disease and expands the scope of disease understanding to include new areas including the immune system, where a genetic overlap with other neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease was identified.

Among the new outlets covering the discovery were Al Jazeera America television, CBS Radio and CBSNews.com, Nature World News, Huffington Post, The Independent (UK), and the Washington Post.

Read the Department of Communications news release.