The Edinburgh Consensus: preparing for the advent of disease-modifying therapies for Alzheimer's disease

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Title: The Edinburgh Consensus: preparing for the advent of disease-modifying therapies for Alzheimer's disease
Author(s): Ritchie, CW
Russ, TC
Banerjee, S
Barber, B
Boaden, A
Fox, NC
Holmes, C
Isaacs, JD
Leroi, I
Lovestone, S
Norton, M
O'Brien, J
Pearson, J
Perry, R
Pickett, J
Waldman, AD
Wong, WL
Rossor, MN
Burns, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Context This commentary discusses the implications of disease-modifying treatments for Alzheimer’s disease which seem likely to appear in the next few years and results from a meeting of British experts in neurodegenerative diseases in Edinburgh. The availability of such treatments would help change public and professional attitudes and accelerate engagement with the prodromal and preclinical populations who might benefit from them. However, this would require an updated understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, namely the important distinction between Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s dementia. Consensus Since treatments are likely to be most effective in the early stages, identification of clinically relevant brain changes (for example, amyloid burden using imaging or cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers) will be crucial. While current biomarkers could be useful in identifying eligibility for new therapies, trial data are not available to aid decisions about stopping or continuing treatment in clinical practice. Therefore, effective monitoring of safety and effectiveness when these treatments are introduced into clinical practice will be necessary to inform wide-scale use. Equity of access is key but there is a tension between universal access for everyone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and specifying an eligible population most likely to respond. We propose the resources necessary for an optimal care pathway as well as the necessary education and training for primary and secondary care. Conclusion The majority of current services in the UK and elsewhere would not be able to accommodate the specialist investigations required to select patients and prescribe these therapies. Therefore, a stepped approach would be necessary: from innovating sentinel clinical-academic centres that already have capacity to deliver the necessary phase IV trials, through early adoption in a hub and spoke model, to nationwide adoption for true equity of access. The optimism generated by recent and anticipated developments in the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease presents a great opportunity to innovate and adapt our services to incorporate the next exciting development in the field of dementia.
Publication Date: 26-Oct-2017
Date of Acceptance: 1-Oct-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/53083
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13195-017-0312-4
ISSN: 1758-9193
Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal / Book Title: Alzheimers Research & Therapy
Volume: 9
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s). 2017 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Clinical Neurology
Neurosciences
Neurosciences & Neurology
Dementia
Alzheimer's disease
Therapeutics
Disease-modification
Service redesign
Clinical trials
ASSOCIATION WORKGROUPS
DIAGNOSTIC GUIDELINES
NATIONAL INSTITUTE
RECOMMENDATIONS
PREVENTION
BIOMARKERS
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Clinical Neurology
Neurosciences
Neurosciences & Neurology
Dementia
Alzheimer's disease
Therapeutics
Disease-modification
Service redesign
Clinical trials
ASSOCIATION WORKGROUPS
DIAGNOSTIC GUIDELINES
NATIONAL INSTITUTE
RECOMMENDATIONS
PREVENTION
BIOMARKERS
11 Medical And Health Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 85
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