Texas Researchers Analyze Why Alzheimer’s Strikes Hispanics Earlier in Life

Texas Researchers Analyze Why Alzheimer’s Strikes Hispanics Earlier in Life
Investigators at University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth want to understand why people of Hispanic descent develop cognitive loss and Alzheimer’s disease earlier than non-Hispanics. Their new study, funded by a $12 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, aims to add knowledge on the early events that cause Alzheimer’s. It may also lead to more personalized and adequate therapies based on the specific biology of Hispanics. “This is the first project to specifically attempt to understand how different biological causes relate to Alzheimer’s disease across ethnicities,” Sid O’Bryant, professor at the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, said in a news release. “By looking at different potential causes related to memory loss, we may be able to target the right pathway at the right time with the right intervention.” O'Bryant's team is conducting its project in collaboration with Dr. Arthur W. Toga of the University of Southern California Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, and Dr. Kristin Yaffe of the University of California-San Francisco’s Weill Institute for Neurosciences, and other institutions. The five-year study will enroll 1,000 Mexican-Americans and 1,000 non-Hispanic whites from northern Texas. All participants must be 50 years or older, and will be examined twice during the study for advanced brain imaging, cognitive testing, blood analysis and a general health
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