Emory Healthy Brain Study launches to learn more about Alzheimer's disease

Emory researchers are embarking on a new study focused on identifying factors that will predict who is at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The goal of the Emory Healthy Brain Study is earlier detection of AD and someday prevention.

Alzheimer's disease affects 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Over the next 20 years, Alzheimer's is expected to be the leading health problem among older adults. Currently there is no cure for AD and treatment involves only managing the symptoms.

"Our goal is to learn as much as we can about who is most likely to get Alzheimer's so that we can develop new treatments that may prevent them from ever getting the disease," says James Lah, MD, PhD, the study's principal investigator and associate professor and vice-chair of the Department of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine. 

The Emory Healthy Brain Study is a sub-study of the Emory Healthy Aging Study, the largest-ever clinical research study in Atlanta that seeks to better understand aging and age-related diseases. While the Emory Healthy Aging Study is an online study, participants in the Emory Healthy Brain Study will come to Emory for collection of biological specimens.

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