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The National Institute on Aging has awarded a five-year grant worth up to $53.4 million to Boston’s Hebrew SeniorLife and Brown University to find ways to improve the hodgepodge of care now available for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Under the grant — one of the largest federal awards ever for dementia care — the two parties will lead a so-called “collaboratory” of researchers from more than 30 universities and hospitals ranging from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital to Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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