Researchers Study Genes Associated With Late Onset Alzheimer's Disease

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Rush University Medical Center is participating in a National Institutes of Health study to discover the genes responsible for Alzheimer's disease. The goal of the study is to create a large bank of genetic material, cell lines, and data from families with multiple members with late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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The bank, called the Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Initiative, will distribute data and biological materials free of charge to qualified investigators. The Initiative hopes to recruit 1000 families from across the country for this important effort.

"Study volunteers will be critical to helping us find out what genes are involved in late-onset Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. David Bennett, director of the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center.

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