First International Collaboration on the Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Is Launched

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 February 15, 2011

The launch of the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project (IGAP) – a collaboration formed to discover and map the genes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease – 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 Alzheimer’s disease genetics.

The four groups are:

  • The European Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative (EADI) in France led by Philippe Amouyel, M.D., Ph.D., at the Institute Pasteur de Lille and Lille University.
  • The Alzheimer’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 Alzheimer’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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