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Leading Research Funders Build On Global Initiative With New Nearly $2 Million Commitment To Study Commonalities Of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Together, leading funders of research in the U.S., Canada and U.K. are advancing a global funding initiative aimed at better understanding the similarities and differences between progressive brain-deteriorating diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, with an expanded partnership and increased funding.

Smell And Eye Tests Show Potential To Detect Alzheimer’s Early

A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s, in the brain, according to the results of four research trials reported recently at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2014 (AAIC® 2014) in Copenhagen.

Crossing The Lines Between Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

As research unveils overlap in the biology — in addition to long-noted shared clinical symptoms — of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, three non-profit organizations are uniting to encourage further study into the similarities and differences between the two most common brain diseases, which affect tens of millions of people worldwide.

Inventages Portfolio Company, Cognoptix, Demonstrates the Ability to Accurately Identify Alzheimer’s Disease

Inventages announces that one of its portfolio companies, Cognoptix, has demonstrated unprecedented accuracy in detecting Alzheimer’s disease. A multi-site clinical trial of the SAPPHIRE II eye test showed a sensitivity of 85% and a specificity of 95% in differentiating Alzheimer’s disease patients from healthy volunteers.

Florida Hospital Collaborates with VTT of Finland to Explore Research for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists from VTT and the University of Eastern Finland recently teamed up to discover a serum biochemical signature which predicts progression to Alzheimer’s disease. From this, VTT was able to develop a biomarker assay. Florida Hospital and VTT have since come together to evaluate screening, diagnostic and prognostic potential of the biomarker essay.