KSAT 12: Local scientists help discover new genes to identify risk for Alzheimer’sJune 4, 2019
International collaboration could further help people see if they’re at risk
SAN ANTONIO – It’s an unprecedented project.
The largest Alzheimer’s study in the world involved scientists at University of Texas Health San Antonio.
The study, just published in Februrary, reports the discovery of five new genes that increase Alzheimer’s risk.
“Together we are stronger. Together we are likely to find answers,” said UT Health San Antonio’s Dr. Sudha Seshadri, who founded the university’s Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases.
It’s that attitude that brought together four prestigious Alzheimer’s research groups from around the world to create the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project.
Seshadri leads one of those groups through the Glenn Biggs Institute.
Joining other researchers from around the U.S., France and the U.K/ brought in a record-breaking number of study participants.
“Most recently, we were able to have nearly 100,000 people. About 94,000, and that size enabled us to find five new genes,” Seshadri said.
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