UMN Sociology Professor Rob Warren Awarded NIH Grant for Major Alzheimer's Study

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A new $50.3 million grant, supported by NIH's National Institute on Aging, brings together experts from eight universities including the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation and UMN Sociology Professor John Robert Warren for his upcoming study of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD). The study will re-contact more than 14,000 Americans from the high school class of 1972 to study how education affects ADRD risk and racial/ethnic differences in that risk.

“The opportunity to reconnect with and study the outcomes from these adults who have lived robust and diverse lives for 50 years offers a wealth of information rarely found,” said Warren. “Research shows that people with more and better quality education are less likely to have early Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, but we don’t know why or how education protects people later in life. The insights provided by this study will help us identify such factors and, hopefully, lead to improved life outcomes.”

Other principal investigators include Drs. Chandra Muller (University of Texas at Austin), Eric Grodsky (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Jennifer Manly and Adam Brickman (Columbia University).

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