About APOE

What is the APOE gene?

Alzheimer’s Disease and Research

  • Research studies are in constant need of participants.
  • Scientists do not know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s.
  • The APOE gene is our strongest genetic clue.

The APOE Gene

  • Each person has 2 copies of the APOE gene.
  • There are 3 types of the APOE gene: e2, e3, and e4.
  • e4 is a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
  • 1 or 2 copies of e4 raise a person’s risk of the disease.
  • Having the e4 gene does not mean that a person will definitely develop Alzheimer’s.
  • A person with no copies of e4 may still develop Alzheimer’s.

How Genetic Testing Works

  • Brain Matters tests patients for their APOE type.
  • Step 1: Taking a cheek swab sample
  • Step 2: Interpreting your results
    • Brain matters Research will analyze your sample.
    • We’ll find out which APOE type you have.
    • Brain Matters Research will use your results to potentially match you with studies.

More about Brain Matters Research APOE Testing

  • The program is entirely free if you qualify.
  • Brain Matters Research may refer you to research studies to help scientists find a treatment for Alzheimer’s.
  • You can choose not to participate in any study you are matched with.
  • We use multiple levels of security encryption.
  • Your information will not be added to your medical records.



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