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Study identifies 11 new genes that could contribute to Alzheimer's Disease

Published 27 October 2013

A meta-analysis of over 74,000 people across the world has helped scientists to identify 11 new genes that could be responsible for making people more likely to develop Alzheimer's Disease.

Published in Nature Genetics and undertaken by the International Genomics Project (IGAP), this global collaboration is the largest genetic study of Alzheimer's disease to date. The researchers combined the data from four large European gene association studies and then additionally sequenced DNA from 20,000 individuals.

This research comes ahead of the forthcoming G8 dementia summit taking place in London on 10 and 11  December.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'This exciting discovery of genes linked with Alzheimer's disease opens up new avenues to explore in the search for treatments for the condition.

'This truly global effort has doubled the number of genes linked to Alzheimer's and shows what can be achieved when researchers collaborate. We now need continued global investment into dementia research to understand exactly how these genes affect the disease process.'

Dr James Pickett
Head of Research
Alzheimer's Society