The Allen Institute for Brain Science won a $3.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers will analyze the connectivity patterns across the whole brains of mice that have Alzheimer's disease and normal mouse models. The goal is to learn more about how Alzheimer's disease spreads and ways to stop the disease from progressing.
The study also marks a step forward to boost the value of using models to find treatments for human patients.
Alzheimer's disease - known for diminishing memory and thinking skills - affects an estimated 5 million Americans. While the causes are still largely unknown, there is a likely combination of genetic and environmental factors involved.
The grant money will be given over the course of five years.