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Use Biomarkers in Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials, Says Expert Group
Date:1/4/2012

wn as ACT-AD, for Accelerate Cure/Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease, is at the forefront of efforts to advance the development of transformational therapies for Alzheimer's disease. There are currently no approved therapies that can prevent, cure or even substantially slow the progression of dementia caused by AD, whose costs topped $172 billion in 2010. The cost of AD is expected to rise to well over $1 trillion in 2050, even without adjusting for inflation, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

"The Alliance is committed to working closely with scientific leaders and the Food and Drug Administration to provide an expert perspective about how to use AD biomarkers most effectively for therapeutic discovery." said Daniel P. Perry, president and CEO of the Alliance. "The incorporation of biomarkers into Alzheimer's disease clinical trials can help us make real progress in the discovery of new treatments to break the back of this disease."

The private, not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research is a national citizen advocacy organization working to improve the lives of Americans as they grow older by advancing biomedical and behavioral research in aging and health. The Alliance was founded in 1986 to promote and accelerate medical and scientific research into aging. As America's Baby Boom is transformed into an unprecedented Senior Boom, the Alliance is a valued and respected voice in the nation's capital: developing, implementing and advocating programs in research, health education and public policy.


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