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Grantee in the News: Catherine Kaczorowski receives $5.4m NIA grant

Sep 22

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On September 18, 2017, the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) announced that AFAR 2014 New Investigator Award in Alzheimer's Disease recipient Catherine Kaczorowski has received a five year, $5.4 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study cognitive resilience to Alzheimer’s disease.

As the Jackson Laboratory reports:

The grant will fund research to explore why some people with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, and even brain changes associated with the disease, nevertheless manage to maintain their cognitive capabilities.

Understanding the genetic factors behind this so-called cognitive resilience could provide targets for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

These resilience factors could point the way to new treatments that promote healthy brain aging and resistance to Alzheimer’s disease, including the more common, late-onset version of the disease for which there is no known genetic cause.

Read more about Dr. Kaczorowski’s research and other recent grants here, as well as her Grantee Spotlight interview with AFAR here.

Catherine Kaczorowski, PhD,  is an assistant professor at the Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine--one of the six NIA Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, for which AFAR serves as the Coordinating Center.

For more on Alzheimer’s, check out AFAR’s expert-edited Infoaging Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.