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BARC Central Laboratory Joins Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable
Date:3/30/2009

- Global Laboratory's Technology Transfer Expertise to Support Biomarker Translational Research -

NEW YORK, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Biomarkers have become increasingly important to Alzheimer's disease research as a method for risk assessment, early detection, testing new therapies and eventual early intervention with better drugs once they are developed. As part of its ongoing research and development of biomarkers for Alzheimer's and other diseases, BARC Central Laboratory is pleased to announce it has joined the Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable. As a Sponsor, BARC will be participating in the Roundtable presentations and related subcommittee meetings, with particular focus on the evolution of biochemical biomarkers as prognostic and diagnostic indicators.

A biomarker is a substance or characteristic that can be objectively measured and evaluated as an indicator of normal body processes, disease processes, or the body's response(s) to a therapeutic intervention.

It is widely believed that Alzheimer's disease brain changes, including amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, begin many years before symptoms are evident or there is significant death of brain cells. It is critical to identify affected individuals while they are still cognitively normal so that future disease modifying therapies can preserve normal function. The testing and eventual use of such therapies requires identification of affected and "at risk" individuals in order to steer them to clinical trials, and to direct and monitor therapy.

"Alzheimer's disease is without question a growing epidemic and major public health concern. The Alzheimer's Association is the preeminent U.S. voluntary health organization in the research community's drive to eradicate Alzheimer's disease, and BARC looks forward to advancing early detection and treatment for Alzheimer's in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association and
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