During the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) Alzhemier’s Disease is not taking a break and while the pandemic is impacting all of us we at (HIHG) will not take a break either. We continue to search for a solution that will help those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
In response to the COVID-19 virus and without putting anyone at-risk
we have set up resources for anyone who still wants to participate in our Azheimer disease’s research studies. If you have questions about our research please go to ‘Contact Us,” -we are here for you.
Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance
is Director of the Miami Institute of Human Genomics and the Dr. John T. Macdrofessor of Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is the founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a board-certified Ph.D. medical genetics. A global leader in the field of human genetics, Dr. Pericak-Vance has significantly contributed to today’s understanding of the role genomics
plays in a wide range of common human diseases.
Excerpt, Eastern -Atlantic Student Research Forum, 2009 Banquet Speaker bio
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of severe memory loss or dementia. Affecting 5 million people in the United States this disease destroys the parts of the brain that control thinking, language and judgement. Though there are a growing number of treatments available there is no cure for AD. Researchers at the John P. Hussman Institute for
Human Genomics (HIHG) have been at the forefront of discovering the ehi b
Genetics behind AD.
In 1993, a team led by HIHG Director Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., discovered the first major genetic risk factor for late onset AD. They found that people who inherit a version of the apolipoprotein-E gene (APOE) are at
significantly increased risk of developing the disease (Corder et al, 1993). Numerous studies indicate that the individuals with a family history of AD have a greater chance of developing the disease. The research conducted by Dr. Pericak-Vance and HIHG researchers are focused on finding other genes linked to the cause of AD which will lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatments.
We will resume in person study activities including visits and appointments
as soon as the precaution can be lifted. We have included phone numbers for you to call if you have any questions about the virus in your area on our home page. Thank you and stay safe.