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Nearly one out of every seven households in the United States is affected by a neurological disorder like Alzheimer, Parkinson or Huntington disease. Yet these devastating diseases that cause the progressive loss of memory, mobility or both have no cure, and some are impossible to even predict.

HudsonAlpha understands that all neurodegenerative diseases are interconnected—as interconnected as the nervous system itself. Finding answers about one disease may lead to answers about many of them. That’s why we established the Memory and Mobility (M&M) Fund. This fund will support new projects and continue existing work in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases that impact so many people in our country and around the world.

Our first major goal is to sequence the genomes of more than 1,500 patients with Alzheimer disease and Alzheimer-related dementia. The M&M Fund will support the sequencing and the research to pinpoint the genetic causes of these disorders. Because neurodegenerative diseases all are interconnected, Quotethis project will also help the team uncover genetic clues about diseases like ALS, Parkinson, Huntington disease and more. In addition we can bring our expertise in immunogenomics to shed light on these diseases. By taking a look at the immune response found in the blood of Alzheimer’s patients, mapping their t-cells and b-cells, we can learn more about how the body fights this disease. This picture of health – something we call the “immune repertoire” –  can perhaps detect what is going on long before other symptoms appear or are recognized.

We need your help. We recognize the urgent need in today’s world to make discoveries that improve the prognosis and quality of life for individuals and families affected by these cruel diseases. Through genomic science, we believe our team can make a difference.

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Proceeds will benefit The M&M Fund within the Scientific Advancement Fund of the HudsonAlpha Foundation.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Herrin at 256-327-0442 or eherrin@hudsonalpha.org.

The HudsonAlpha Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the supporting entity for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Tax-deductible contributions to the foundation are for the sole purpose of advancing the mission of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

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