2009 Progress Report on Alzheimer’s Disease National Institutes of Health)
Posted Jan 05 2011 8:01pm
Against the backdrop of an aging population, the search for more effective ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease is increasingly urgent. The U.S. investment in Alzheimer’s research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resulted in accelerating progress on several research fronts and laid the groundwork for future discovery.
NIA, working with other NIH Institutes and Centers, leads the Federal Government’s research to understand and combat this devastating disease.
The 2009 Progress Report on Alzheimer’s Disease summarizes current scientific directions and highlights key findings from NIH-funded Alzheimer’s research related to:
discovery of new genes and biological mechanisms that cause Alzheimer’s disease
earlier disease detection using neuroimaging and biomarkers
links between Alzheimer’s and other age-related diseases
rapid translation of lab findings to potential treatments
lifestyle factors that may protect against the disease
successful cognitive aging
clinical trials underway now to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline