HudsonAlpha scientist gets grant to study on-off switch for gene implicated in Alzheimers disease

alabamanewscenter.com | June 26, 2019

A grant from the Bright Focus Foundation will bring $200,000 to the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology with the goal of better understanding one of the key genes implicated in causing Alzheimers disease. Nick Cochran, Ph.D., was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program to study the MAPT gene with the ultimate hope of learning how the gene is turned on and off. MAPT is the instruction set for a protein called tau. The accumulation of tau in the brain is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. If scientists can figure out what turns MAPT on and off, the gene could be deactivated to reduce tau and potentially help people with neurodegenerative disorders. “I watched the devastating effects of neurodegenerative disease ripple through both sides of my family, which drew me to work in this field,” said Cochran, a senior scientist in the Rick Myers Labat HudsonAlpha. “Now I have the chance to expand science’s grasp on one of the most important genes involved in these diseases.”

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