BRAIN Steering Committee member and associate professor of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Lakiesha Williams, recently received an Alzheimer’s Association grant for her work studying the disease. Under a $150,000 grant, her project will provide insights into the role of a genotype called apolipoprotein E, or APOE, in tau pathology related to advanced age, traumatic brain injury, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
“We know that APOE is a major risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease dementia and it has also been identified as a potential factor in TBI outcomes. We will explore APOE’s impact on the spread of tau pathology leading to abnormal brain activity,” Williams said.
You can read about Dr. Williams’s award and 2 other researchers who earned these grants in McKnight Brain Institute News.