2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge

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The Search for Sex-Based Differences In Alzheimer’s Disease

The 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge, launched to support WA2 with $100,000 in prize awards, challenges the best minds to identify sex-based differences in Alzheimer's Disease progression and its impact on early cognitive decline. We want answers to -

  • Do women get Alzheimer’s more than men, even after correcting for longer lifespan?
  • Why do women’s brains shrivel at a faster rate than men?
  • Why have studies pointed to greater inheritance of Alzheimer’s disease from the mother’s, rather than the father’s side?
  • Why do female carriers of a gene that is a strong risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, have significantly more memory disruption over time than men?

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The 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge is the second in a series of open-source competitions engaging multi-disciplinary teams to develop NEW THINKING—new theoretical hypotheses, novel wireless technologies and cost-effective applications, to help accelerate earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis and recruit asymptomatic populations for prevention trials.

Research Agenda

Our Alzheimer's disease research agenda promotes the development of appropriate, tailored disease detection, treatment and prevention for both men and women.