Pioneering Study of Alzheimers Disease

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Byline: Julia McWatt Health Correspondent julia.mcwatt@walesonline.co.uk

SCIENTISTS at Cardiff University will lead a grondbreaking global study to understand more about Alzheimer's disease.

The PS6m project, which will involve more than one million people, will combine the power of multiple studies from around the world to explore the roles of genes and lifetsyle choices to produce the most comprehensive understanding of the disease's risk to date.

Information gathered by researchers will provide scientists with the best evidence yet for creating a fuller picture of why the disease develops and the degrees of risk it poses to different individuals.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, there are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2021. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, accounting for around 50-70% of cases.

Principal investigator Professor Julie Williams, said it was vital researchers worked together. Prof Williams, who is head of neurodegeneration at Cardiff University School of Medicine's Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre on Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, said: "For too long scientists studying Alzheimer's have been working in silos, engaged in a single-minded race to try and beat the disease. …