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WVU scientist will share his Alzheimer's research

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia University chemistry professor who studies neurodegenerative disorders will talk about Alzheimer's disease, its causes and its alarming growth rate.

Justin Legleiter is part of the Eberly Ideas Discussion Series.

On April 9, he'll discuss "Cracking the Code on What Triggers Alzheimer's" at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Charleston.

More than 5.4 million Americans are estimated to living with Alzheimer's, and researchers predict that by 2050, a person will be diagnosed with the disease every 33 seconds.

Legleiter is studying possible connections between mechanical changes in cells and an increased risk of the disease. It's work he hopes will eventually lead to therapies.

The Alzheimer's Association is co-sponsoring his visit. It's free and open to the public.

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