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Panel Calls for Biomarkers in Routine Clinical AD Diagnosis

Clinicians should try to incorporate biomarker data in their diagnosis of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or conditions potentially leading to it, an ad hoc expert panel recommended.

Levels of beta-amyloid or tau proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), or data from MRI or PET scans using amyloid-specific tracers, should be part of the differential diagnosis of Alzheimer-related disorders, according to two dozen members of the International Working Group for New Research Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Consortium Develops Algorithm from Blood-Based Alzheimer’s Biomarkers

In a study appearing in the newest issue of the Archives of Neurology, members of the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium reported that they have identified protein biomarkers in the blood that can be used to distinguish between individuals with and without Alzheimer’s disease.

Neurogenetic Pharmaceuticals Announces Studies Showing its Proprietary Compound Reduces Brain Plaques Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

In the Sept 9, 2010 issue of Neuron, Neurogenetic Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NGP) reports proof of concept studies that show its proprietary compound, NGP 555, is effective in preventing the amyloid pathology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in a transgenic mouse model. The study further demonstrates that following chronic treatment with the gamma secretase modulator (GSM) compound from NGP, the mice were devoid of gastrointestinal side effects, an adverse finding commonly associated with gamma secretase inhibitors (GSIs).

New UC Davis Study Finds Early Alzheimer’s Identification Method

Abnormal brain images combined with examination of the composition of the fluid that surrounds the spine may offer the earliest signs identifying healthy older adults at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, well before cognitive problems emerge, a study by researchers at UC Davis has found.

ART-funded Researchers Find Biomarker Associated with Alzheimer’s

Research led by the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) King’s College London (KCL) and part-funded by the Alzheimer’s Research Trust has found that certain protein levels in blood could be an early marker of Alzheimer’s.

The international team of scientists also found that higher levels of the protein, called clusterin, were related to more severe and rapid memory loss and greater brain shrinkage. Their findings could lead to development of a blood test to help identify who would benefit from early treatment for Alzheimer’s and also whether treatments were working to delay or prevent brain damage.