MADISON, Wis. — A $150 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be used by UW-Madison to fund nationwide research that investigates the neurobiology of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

According to the university, it's the largest NIH grant in school history.

What You Need To Know

  • UW-Madison received $150 million grant to lead nationwide Alzheimer's study

  • The five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health will make imaging and blood-based biomarkers available for researchers around the world to study
  • All 37 of the nation's Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers volunteered to participate

  • According to the university, this collaboration will help shed light on what contributes to dementia and advance researchers understanding and treatment of the disease

Dr. Nate Chin is the medical director for that study which will involve all 37 of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers in the U.S.

He told Spectrum News that each center will be able to image and collect blood from participants.

"We can actually identify the changes of Alzheimer's in the brains of those who are healthy and those who have impairment," Dr. Chin shared.

With all the centers involved, Dr. Chin pointed out that data can be shared among the group and beyond. "Anyone in the world can can access this and study what impacts a person's aging, what are the other possible causes of someone's symptoms and how does this relate to Alzheimer's."

Watch the full interview above.