Local research key to critical Alzheimer's battle

The National Institute on Aging funds Alzheimer’s disease centers at major medical institutions, including Atlanta’s own Emory University.

Researchers at these 27 centers are on an increasingly critical mission to improve the diagnosis and care for people living with Alzheimer’s, as well as to find a way to cure and possibly prevent the disease.

There’s a huge sense of urgency to their work since, arguably, no other health issue has the potential that Alzheimer’s does to devastate millions of individuals, families, health care systems, and even state and federal budgets.

At Emory, the research moves along two tracks: the patient assessment stage; and the research to find help for those currently living with the disease and for those who will face it in the future.

“The goal of our research is nothing less than a paradigm shift in the future diagnosis and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Allan Levey, director of the recently renamed Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Emory. He is also a faculty member in the NS program.

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