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ABOUT WRAP:

 

FOR WRAP PARTICIPANTS:

 

FOR RESEARCHERS:

 

SITE CONTACTS:

  • MADISON: Shawn Bolin
    sbolin@wisc.edu
    Phone: 608-263-2854
    Toll-free: 1-800-417-4169

  • LA CROSSE: Carolyn Flock
    flock.carolyn@mayo.edu
    Phone: 608-392-7187
    Toll-free: 1-800-362-5454, ext. 27187

  • MILWAUKEE: Nia Norris
    ncnorris@wisc.edu
    Phone: 414-219-5159

New at your Next WRAP Visit

WRAP scientists studying risk and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) want to measure the major culprits for AD in WRAP participants. These culprits are the amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles found in the brain tissue of AD patients. Researchers measure the levels of plaques and tangles by collecting cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through lumbar puncture. Now, with a generous gift from a private donor and with federal funding, we will collect CSF on all willing WRAP participants. This valuable fluid will help us address critical questions:

  • How early in life do plaques and tangles show up?
  • Do plaques and tangles predict future cognitive symptoms?
  • Are there genetic or lifestyle factors (such as activity levels, diet, sleep or stress) related to plaques and tangles?
  • Are there things you can do to lower your levels?

These are truly central questions with very high scientific importance. CSF collection through lumbar puncture is an optional add-on procedure that WRAP researchers will discuss with you around the time of your next WRAP visit.


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