Dr. Barbara Spencer is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Corey McMillan in the Penn FTD Center. She joined Penn in 2020 after receiving a PhD in Neurosciences from UC San Diego. Her research looks into disentangling heterogeneity in the FTD-ALS spectrum using genotype and transcriptomic approaches. We talked with Dr. Spencer about her journey in neurodegenerative […]
PNGC co-director, Dr. Li-San Wang, presented at the Illuminating Alzheimer’s Disease Genetic Architecture via Diversity webinar. The program explored the lack of genome research for Black, Latino, and Asian populations and highlighted the organizations fighting for more. Dr. Wang discussed the need for more research infrastructure to study AD in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders […]
Tiffany Chow is a new professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Penn working at PNGC and ACAD
The Asian Cohort for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACAD) has received a $40.5M grant from the National Insitute of Aging (NIA) that will fund the study’s research for the next five years. ACAD recruits Asian Americans and Canadians in nine research sites across North America to study Alzheimer’s genetics. UPenn is one of 16 research centers where […]
NIAGADS is featured on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) blog for its work on Alzheimer’s Disease genetics data sharing. NIAGADS uses the AWS platform extensively to host and share large amounts of genome sequence data with the entire research community. Follow the link to read the blog post.
Our very own Dr. Gerard Schellenberg, co-director of PNGC, has been honored by the Brightfocus Foundation for his extensive work in linking genetics and Alzheimer’s research. The honor recognizes exemplary scientists making breakthroughs to cure various diseases. Read more about the award and ceremony here.
PNGC is deeply saddened with the tragic loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Christopher (Casey) Brown. Casey was a brilliant scientist and made significant contributions in Genetics of Gene Regulation in Alzheimer’s disease. We will miss him dearly and will fondly remember his kindness, charisma, and his dedication to mentoring students and postdoctoral researchers. […]
On October 6, 2022, the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP) released a new dataset comprised of 19,456 newly sequenced genomes together with joint genotype calls totaling 36,361 genomes with previously released genomes. The data release includes sequencing reads in the CRAM file format, individual sample genotype calls in the genomic Variant Call Format (gVCF), and […]
By Ulli Hain, Lumina Corps. As a statistical geneticist, Dr. Jung-Ying Tzeng, Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University and an affiliate faculty member of the Penn Neurodegeneration Genomics Center (PNGC) faculty, enjoys tackling big challenges in omics. “The work is motivated by what’s encountered in real life. You look at the needs from […]
Check out the latest NIA blog post by Marilyn Miller which highlights how to access data generated by the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP) and what new resources are available to researchers. The NIA has also made recent updates to the following pages NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Portfolio and Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project Consortia. Special […]
by Ulli Hain, NOVA Research Company/Lumina Corps “A cross-disciplinary approach to research is essential to understand the complex heterogeneity of Alzheimer’s and other related dementia (ADRD),” said Dr. Corey McMillan, a Penn Neurodegeneration Genomics Center (PNGC) faculty member and associate professor of Neurology. The PNGC uses an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to studying the genetics […]