Alzheimer’s Disease Variant Portal

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most serious public health challenges that affect the nation. Both the direct and indirect costs of AD have been stressing the healthcare system. The cause of AD, however, is still unknown. The recent development of genome-wide association studies (GWASs) has been a powerful tool for discovering thousands of […]

Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Global Symposium

The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging have organized a virtual symposium on the Alzheimer’s genes and hereditary. The aim of the symposium is to discuss global studies in Alzheimer’s, advances in genetic pathways, and the implications of this research on clinical practice and public health around the globe. Virtual presentations for the […]

PNGC at AAIC 2020 Roundup

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the globe hard this spring, Alzheimer’s Disease researchers weren’t sure what was going to happen to their annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), originally planned for Amsterdam. AAIC’s goal is to convene the world’s leaders in dementia science to share research discoveries that will lead to methods of prevention and treatment, and improvements in diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease—it would have been a huge disappointment for the AD research community to miss out on their conference.

NIA Releases Resource Page for Alzheimer’s Disease Data

Recently, a new page called “How Researchers Can Tap into Data and Samples from Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers” went live on the National Institute of Aging website. The page highlights how three different resources coordinate approaches in cataloging and sharing data from NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers (ADRCs). The resources are the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating […]

Welcome New Faculty Alessandra Chesi, PhD

Alessandra Chesi recently joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Division of Experimental Pathology, as well as the Penn Neurodegeneration Genomics Center. Alessandra joins us from CHOP where, from 2013-2020, she was a Bioinformatic Specialist in Struan Grant’s lab and the Center for Spatial and Functional Genomics. Before joining CHOP, Alessandra worked in the laboratory […]

HIPPIE2 Published in NAR Genomics and Bioinformatics

PNGC is pleased to announce the release of “HIPPIE2: a method for fine-scale identification of physically interacting chromatin regions”. Because most regulatory chromatin interactions are mediated by numerous transcription factors (TFs) and involve physically interacting regions (PIRs), HIPPIE2 was developed to map these elements and interactions at a much finer scale (sub-1Kb resolution). HIPPIE2 is […]

Working from home? Check out new genetics data for Alzheimer’s disease research!

The NIA is excited to announce the release of the latest genomics data set from the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP). The NIA Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS) is a vital tool as we seek to better understand genes that increase risk for — or protection from — AD/ADRD. Researchers can now access […]

SparkINFERNO Accepted in Bioinformatics

PNGC is pleased to announce the release of SparkINFERNO, a next-generation of INFERNO (INFERring the molecular mechanisms of NOn-coding genetic variants) bioinformatics pipeline. While genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified over 70,000 disease-associated genetic variants, most hits are in the non-coding region, which makes their interpretation difficult. SparkINFERNO, a scalable, high-throughput bioinformatics pipeline characterizing noncoding […]

Event Recap: The Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium (ADGC) 10-Year Symposium

Last month, on November 12 and 13, the Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium (ADGC) 10-Year Symposium took place at the Inn at Penn in Philadelphia, PA. The event was sponsored by the Perelman School of Medicine and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and it was organized by ADGC, Penn Neurodegeneration Genomics Center (PNGC) and […]

PNGC at AAIC – 2019 Recap

PNGC members had a great experience at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) this year. AAIC took place in Los Angeles from July 12-17. We presented four posters during the conference and the National Institute on Aging Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS) exhibited for the first time. In addition, Dr. Adam Naj […]

PNGC Congratulates Dr. Leung on BAND3 Award

PNGC is pleased to announce that Dr. Fanny Leung, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and PNGC faculty member, recently had an application funded under the 2019 Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND 3) Program. This award is sponsored by The Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK), The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), and the Weston Brain […]

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