$9.6 million grant to fund research on vascular risk factors for brain aging, dementia

An interdisciplinary team of School of Medicine researchers has received a four-year, $9.6 million grant to probe the interactions between the brain and blood vessels in order to develop a better understanding of age-related brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Tony Wyss-Coray (Courtesy of the School of Medicine)

The Stanford team, which includes 13 faculty members, is one of only three groups nationwide to receive such an award from the American Heart Association–Allen Initiative in Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment, a collaborative funding initiative sponsored by the AHA and the Paul G. Allen Initiative, a division of the Allen Institute.

The project will focus on the influence of immune factors and systemic inflammation on the brain, said principal investigator TONY WYSS-CORAY, professor of neurology and neurological sciences. The goal is to uncover molecules in the blood that affect cerebrovascular and brain health in aging and in people with vascular risk factors, including stroke and obesity.

Funding from Stanford’s Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute to both Wyss-Coray and MARION BUCKWALTER, associate professor of neurology and neurological sciences and of neurosurgery, funded foundational studies that led to the new research proposal.

Read the full article on the School of Medicine website.