The Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona received a $ 15 million grant to research what midlife events might increase a woman’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
The grant, from the National Institutes on Aging, will allow pharmacology professor Roberta Diaz Brinton to research how perimenopausal brain changes may lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Perimenopause is the stage before menopause, that is, the time that marks the end of menstrual cycles.
Diaz Brinton, who is the director of the UA center, said in a press release that funding from the grant will allow the center to continue its work on discoveries to “prevent, delay and treat Alzheimer’s disease.”
The center specializes in research on aging, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, as well as brain bioenergetics, immunology, stem cell biology and other related areas of research.
Brinton and his colleagues at the AU and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, are focusing on events that occur as women age that may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the release.
Brinton’s research began in August 2006 and is expected to continue until May 2026.