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Dr. Xiaoling Zhang interview with Medical News Today: Risk of Alzheimer’s linked to cholesterol, blood sugar levels at age 35

March 29, 2022, Dr. Xiaoling Zhang interviewed with Annie Lennon from Medical News Today, and discussed about the recent study published in Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, Farmingham Heart Study. Dr. Xiaoling Zhang told MNT that improved blood flow in the brain might also explain some of their findings. She explained that HDL could increase transportation and thus […]

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Dr. Farrer Interview with CNN: Fight Alzheimer’s in your mid-30s by tracking these warning signs

On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, Dr. Lindsay Farrer interviewed with Sandee LaMotte from CNN, and discussed about the recent study published in Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, Farmingham Heart Study. "What's unique about the study is the large sample of individuals that are examined every four years or so, starting at age 35, and followed […]

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Dr. Huiping Zhang Funded R01 Grant

Identifying Brain Epitranscriptomic Changes Associated with Alcohol Use Disorder Huiping Zhang, PhD Award Number: 1R01AA029758-01 Chronic alcohol consumption may result in methyl-adenosine modification of brain RNAs, thus altering the stability and expression of brain RNAs involved in reward or addiction-related pathways. This R01 project will (1) identify differentially methylated and expressed messenger RNAs (mRNAs) in […]

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Dr. Zhang awarded NIH 1U01 Research Project grant

Circular RNAs and their interactions with RNA-binding proteins to modulate AD-related neuropathology Dr. Xiaoling Zhang awarded NIH 1U01 Research Project grant New variants, especially in non-coding regions, are expected to be discovered through the ongoing Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP).  In 2020, NIA launched the ADSP Functional Genomics Initiative (RFA-AG-21-006) to strengthen the translational pathways […]

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