ADNI, a Global Neuroimaging Initiative, Encourages Worldwide Effort to Combat Alzheimer’s Spread

ADNI, a Global Neuroimaging Initiative, Encourages Worldwide Effort to Combat Alzheimer’s Spread
The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) seeks help from leading experts, pharmaceutical companies and nonprofit organizations around the world to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is the fifth leading cause of death for adults aged 65 years and older, and the sixth leading cause of death for all adults. Alzheimer’s disease involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language and over time can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities such as handling money. “You may have a grandparent now who can’t manage their own finances, or who can’t shower on their own independently,” Michael W. Weiner, MD, who began research on treating Alzheimer’s 25 ago, said in a news release. “It is a big problem with huge costs to society.” Weiner is the director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He's also principal investigator of ADNI, a landmark partnership and study that for the last 12 years has worked to identify the earliest changes in brain structure and function that signal the onset and progression of Alzheimer's. ADNI brings together scholars, biomedical companies and nonprofit groups to uncover the biological markers that track Alzheimer’s progression. The study, led by the
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