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New Immune Approach for Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Date:6/8/2009

Localized administration of etanercept for treatment of neurological disorders is a novel concept which was invented by Dr. Tobinick a decade ago (8). The proof-of-concept of these novel methods which Dr. Tobinick invented (8, 9), which include both perispinal and epidural etanercept for treatment of sciatica (see INR sciatica website) (8), are now supported by additional, independent studies from academic centers, including a new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial from Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (10, 11).

The prospect of a new, immune-based approach for treatment of Alzheimer's is exciting. Recent reports of the ability of etanercept to penetrate rapidly into the cerebrospinal fluid within the brain in animal studies now provide new insight into the potential mechanisms underlying the rapid clinical effects of etanercept in patients with Alzheimer's disease (12). Patient treatment is currently available at the Institute in Los Angeles, and at the Institute's new office in Newport Beach, California. Further information is available on the website of the INR, at Institute for Neurological Research in Los Angeles website.

References

1. Tobinick, E., Perispinal etanercept for neuroinflammatory disorders. Drug Discov Today, 2009. 14(3-4): p. 168-77.
2. Tobinick, E.L. and H. Gross, Rapid improvement in verbal fluency and aphasia following perispinal etanercept in Alzheimer's disease. BMC Neurol, 2008. 8: p. 27.
3. Tobinick, E.L. and H. Gross, Rapid cognitive improvement in Alzheimer's disease following perispinal etanercept administration. J Neuroinflammation, 2008. 5: p. 2.
4. Griffin, W.S
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