Alzheimer’s Association Grant Furthers Research into Obesity, Brain Aging and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Association Grant Furthers Research into Obesity, Brain Aging and Dementia
The Alzheimer’s Association has awarded a $118,673 grant to a researcher at Boston University School of Medicine to study how obesity affects brain aging and, potentially, a person's risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The researcher, Claudia Satizabal, has been associated for several years with the Framingham Heart Study, working with Dr. Sudha Seshadr of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Boston University. “Populations worldwide are facing an obesity epidemic, and these same populations are aging and will contribute to the growing prevalence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,” Satizabal said in a press release. “Therefore, it becomes imperative to understand the mechanisms by which obesity increases the risk of dementia and [Alzheimer’s disease], which may help develop health policies and treatment strategies to diminish the consequences of obesity in late life.” The two-year award will fund the scientist's ongoing research into associations between midlife obesity and various dietary, inflammatory and neurotropic (associated with nerve cells or tissue) markers; between stroke, cognitive function, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) markers; and between midlife obesity and abnormal brain aging and dementia or Alzheimer's. Satizabal earned her PhD by studying associations between inflammatory proteins and cerebrovascular and neurodegenerat
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