Newly funded research will use biomarkers from blood to understand how childhood shapes risks of Alzheimer's and other dementias

The Minnesota Population Center will begin collecting blood samples from a diverse sample of 25,520 people around the country to better understand how early-life conditions and experiences shape later-life risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The research, supported by $14.2 million in new funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), adds a new component to the ongoing High School & Beyond (HS&B) cohort study.

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Leider teaches health policy, budgeting and financial management at the School of Public Health. Leider is also Director of Evaluation for the Region V Public Health Training Center, Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an independent consultant in the public health and health policy space with active projects and collaborations with foundations, national public health organizations, public health researchers and academics, and public health practitioners. Current projects focus on public health systems, the public health workforce, and public health finance. Leider recently collaborated with Elizabeth Wrigley-Field on Racial Disparities in COVID-19 and Excess Mortality in Minnesota.

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