The launch of the International Genomics of Alzheimerâ€™s Project (IGAP) â€“ a collaboration formed to discover and map the genes that contribute to Alzheimerâ€™s disease â€“ was announced Feb. 1 by a multi-national group of researchers. The collaborative effort, spanning universities from both Europe and the United States, will combine the knowledge, staff and resources of four consortia that conduct research on Alzheimerâ€™s disease genetics.
The four groups are:
- The European Alzheimerâ€™s Disease Initiative (EADI) in France led by Philippe Amouyel, M.D., Ph.D., at the Institute Pasteur de Lille and Lille University.
- The Alzheimerâ€™s Disease Genetics Consortium (ADGC) from the United States led by Gerard Schellenberg, Ph.D., at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
- The Genetic and Environmental Risk in Alzheimerâ€™s Disease (GERAD) from the United Kingdom led by Julie Williams, Ph.D., at Cardiff University.
- The neurology subgroup of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) led by Sudha Seshadri, M.D., at Boston University School of Medicine.
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