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Alzheimer's experts from Penn Summit provide strategic roadmap to tackle the disease
Date:9/7/2012

PHILADELPHIA This week, a strategic roadmap to help to the nation's health care system cope with the impending public health crisis caused Alzheimer's disease and related dementia will be published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. The plan aims to link the latest scientific findings with clinical care and bring together patients, families, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies, and advocacy organizations behind a common set of prioritized goals. The consensus document is the outcome of a June meeting of leading Alzheimer's researchers, advocates and clinicians, who gathered as part of the Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Today, 5.4 million people are living with the disease, and more than 15 million Americans are caring for persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.

"Our plan aims to provide good quality care for affected patients and families, advance our understanding of the pathophysiology and natural history of AD and other dementias, develop effective treatments to slow or prevent these diseases, and translate scientific advances successfully into policy and practice," the authors wrote.

The experts developed a prioritized and integrated set of recommendations after meeting in June at Penn. Four workgroups, focusing on Biomarkers, Clinical Care and Health Services Research, Drug Development and Health Economics, Policy and Ethics, had met separately leading up to the June conference. The document details recommendations from each group, and prioritizes the key recommendations from the paper, including:

  • Speed the translation of research discoveries into clinical practice by revising
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Contact: Kim Menard
kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu
215-662-6183
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

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