National Institute on Aging awards $15 million to Stanford’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The National Institute on Aging has awarded a $15 million grant to the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The award is a five-year renewal of a $7.3 million grant the institute provided to the center in 2015.

Victor Henderson. (Courtesy Stanford Medicine)

More than 50 faculty and staff led by director VICTOR HENDERSON, professor of health research and policy and of neurology and neurological sciences, and associate director KATRIN ANDREASSON, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, conduct research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and related disorders.

More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and as many as 1 million from Parkinson’s disease, making these the two most common neurodegenerative disorders nationwide. The prevalence of both conditions is increasing rapidly.

In recent years, these research subjects have helped TONY WYSS-CORAY, the D.H. Chen Professor in neurology and neurological sciences, and his colleagues identify immune cells in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid specifically associated with Alzheimer’s disease. They have also supported work by GREG ZAHATCHUK, professor of radiology, and his colleagues aimed at detecting amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients using much lower radiation doses than in the past.

While the major source of funding for Stanford’s Alzheimer’s center is the National Institutes of Health, it is also supported by the School of MedicineDepartment of Neurology and Stanford Health Care.

Read the full article on the Stanford Medicine website.