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|One of the most compelling
on-going population-based research projects is Dr. David Snowdon’s “Nun Study.” The
Nun Study is a longitudinal study of aging and Alzheimer's disease funded by the National
Institute on Aging. Study subjects are 678 American members of the School Sisters of Notre
Dame religious congregation who are 75 to 106 years of age. Nearly all of these nuns have
agreed to donate their brains to the research project.
Numerous studies based on this population have been published. For information go to www.mc.uky.edu/nunnet/
Based on this research, Snowdon theorizes, and many other researchers agree, that AD develops as the result of a complex cascade of events that take place over many years. If you can intervene and weaken or break any of these links in the chain, the disease may be prevented or its severity diminished.