Characterizing disparities in Alzheimer’s disease risk through polygenic risk and epidemiologic factors in the Health and Retirement Study
To investigate polygenic risk in susceptibility to dementia, particularly among groups at increased risk of disease, including women, minorities, rural inhabitants, and those with low educational attainment. Because an individual’s susceptibility to dementia is likely a combination of genetics and environmental risk factors, we will jointly test the effects of cumulative genetic risk and dementia risk factors in our analysis. The proposal provides an opportunity to identify a genetic etiologic component in vulnerable groups that could lead to mechanistic understanding or targeted interventions to substantially benefit public health in the US.
Funding Source: National Institute on Aging