UBC, U of T researchers contribute to multisite study of Alzheimer’s disease


The Asian Cohort for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACAD) will be conducting a study of Alzheimer’s disease in Asian Americans and Asian Canadians, supported by $40.5M USD from the US National Institutes of Health. This study is led by investigators from the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with experts from 15 other academic institutions across the US and Canada, including the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. ACAD will collect data on the genetic and lifestyle factors that contribute to the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in individuals with Asian ancestry. “While Asians are the fastest growing minority in both the US and Canada, they are disproportionately underrepresented in Alzheimer’s disease research,” said University of Pennsylvania Professor Li-San Wang.

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