Alzheimer’s Researchers Land $15.2 Million from NIA

Suzanne Craft, PhDThe National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded Wake Forest School of Medicine $15.2 million over five years to support its Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

Established in 2016 with a multimillion-dollar NIA grant, the ADRC is one of only 31 NIA-funded research centers in the country working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for people with the disease, as well as working to find a treatment or ways to prevent Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

“Our primary focus will be on finding ways to prevent the disease by identifying it at the very earliest stages when interventions could likely make the biggest difference,” said Suzanne Craft, PhD, professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine and director of the ADRC. “We also hope to learn more about how common medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can increase the risk for Alzheimer’s, and how better addressing those conditions may prevent or delay its development.”