UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


World-leading scientist secures funding for gene research

10 December 2010

A world leader in dementia research is embarking on a major study into Alzheimer’s disease in London, funded by a grant from the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Professor John Hardy FRS and his team at the UCL Institute of Neurology (Department of Molecular Neuroscience) , are beginning an ambitious new study that will see them attempt to identify genes that increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Funded by a £346,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Prof Hardy plans to sequence every gene in 500 people with Alzheimer’s, and will compare them with the genes of healthy people.

Their work will reveal the genetic changes responsible for Alzheimer’s, giving doctors a better chance of predicting who is at risk of developing the disease.

Prof Hardy said: “Britain has played a leading role in research into the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease, and already we are beginning to make real progress. This study should give us a much greater understanding of the causes of Alzheimer’s, and should also tell us more about how we can intervene and stop the disease progressing.”

read more >>  Alzheimer's Research Trust press release