Oligomer Collaborative Projects


A collaboration of members of the Research Consortium, a member of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Science Advisory Board and non-Cure Alzheimer’s Fund-affiliated researchers hypothesizes that an abnormal increase in levels of synaptic Abeta and, particularly, Abeta oligomers may lead to synaptic dysfunction, cognitive decline and eventually dementia. This highly innovative collaborative project will address how Abeta oligomers are formed and which types detrimentally impact synaptic dysfunction and neuronal survival in the brain.

As a result of promising results from the first year of work, the original members of the collaborative were re-funded for a second year in August, 2007. Two more researchers, Sam Gandy of Mount Sinai Medical School and Tae-Wan Kim of Columbia University, joined the Oligomer Collaborative and were also funded in August.

The project has grown in the third year to include a broader view of the Abeta synaptic feedback loop.

  • Abeta Oligomers in Mouse Models of AD – Lee $300,000
  • Mouse Models of Abeta Oligomers and Vasculopathy – Gandy $100,000
  • Effects of Abeta Oligomers on Neurotransmisson Across the Neuronal Synapse – Greengard and Tanzi – $150,000
  • Role for Phosphoinositides in Abeta Oligomer-associated Synaptic Dysfunction – Kim $100,000
  • Role of Oligomeric Abeta in AD – Glabe $200,000
  • The Role of Oligomeric Abeta in Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity – Greengard $200,000
  • Role of Synaptic Activity and Neurotransmitter Modulation in the Dynamic Regulation of Inter-stitial Fluid Amyloid and Oligomer Formation – Holtzman $200,000
  • Molecular Analysis of *56 Structure and Function – Sisodia $200,000
  • Specificity and Mechanism of Abeta OligomerAction Through Prion Protein – Strittmatter $100,000

Funding to Date



Studies of APP and Abeta, Translational


Charles Glabe, Ph.D.

David Holtzman, M.D.

Paul Greengard, Ph.D.

Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D.

Sam Gandy, M.D., Ph.D.

Sangram S. Sisodia, Ph.D.

Stephen Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D.

Tae-Wan Kim, Ph.D.

Virginia Man-Yee Lee, Ph.D.