New research identifies 5 genes associated with Alzheimer's

Published 3 April 2011

Two research studies published in Nature Genetics have collectively identified 5 new gene loci associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease.

The cohort studies, carried out by British and US scientists, represent a breakthrough in the field as they have doubled the number of genes linked with Alzheimer's disease from 5 to 10.

Alzheimer's Society comment:

'These two robust studies mark an exciting development for scientists hoping to identify a cause and find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Although these studies will not bring us any closer to being able to predict who might be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's, they will give scientists clues as to how Alzheimer's might develop. Most importantly their identification could also lead to the development of new drug treatments in the longer term.'

'By 2021 one million people will develop dementia and yet the government still spends eight times less on dementia research than cancer research. These two studies highlight the importance of increasing investment in dementia research to help us find a cure.'  

Dr Susanne Sorensen
Head of Research
Alzheimer's Society

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