NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have joined an international project to discover and map all genes relating to Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Jonathan Haines, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Genetics Research, said it is a fantastic opportunityfor the Nashville school to participate in a worldwide effort to understand the mysteries of the disease.
The project will initially compare the genetic data of more than 20,000 Alzheimer’s patients with about 20,000 healthy elderly subjects. As the study progresses, 10,000 additional people with Alzheimer’s and the same number of healthy elderly subjects will be added.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that is fatal and has no cure.