Alzheimer’s prevention gets push through collaborations

By: Emily Lunardo | Health News | Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 05:00 PM

Alzheimer’s prevention gets push through collaborationsTons of new information and research is continuously emerging in the field of Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s prevention, but it is only useful when researchers team up and collaborate together. When researchers join together to share their findings, it can help further push Alzheimer’s prevention.

Twelve co-authors came together from six different clinical trials as part of the Collaboration for Alzheimer’s Prevention (CAP). The group was formed so researchers could share and exchange ideas and findings in regards to Alzheimer’s prevention.

Founding members of CAP represent the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease (A4) Study, Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU), Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the Alzheimer’s Association and FBRI.

Chief senior officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., said, “When the Alzheimer’s Association teamed up with FBRI to convene representatives from Alzheimer’s prevention trials, we wanted to tap into a spirit of collaboration among these researchers that would make a positive impact on the clinical trials process. It was apparent from early conversations that all the prevention trials, and the Alzheimer’s research field, would benefit from ongoing conversation and coordination among the scientists, and with the regulatory agencies. Before CAP, researchers had one-off conversations and conducted trials in a way that created unnecessary overlap. This collaboration eliminates that among CAP participants and aligns everyone’s work where it makes most sense.”

CAPs goals are for researchers to offer each other assistance in the quest for Alzheimer’s prevention, through trials, data collection and standards.

Dr. Reisa Sperling from Harvard Medical School said, “Early discussions with government regulators – made possible through CAP – have greatly helped move clinical trials forward. In the case of the A4 Trial, we were able to advance the trial along to the next phase of the clinical trial process with this regulatory insight.”

Alzheimer’s cases in America are projected to rise to 13.8 million by 2050, so the need for more research and better prevention methods is essential.

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