“If [the biomarker profile] were easy to determine and inexpensive, I imagine a lot of people would ask for it. Certainly many people would want to know, especially if they have a cognitive problem. People who have a family history, who may have Alzheimer’s pathology without the symptoms, might want to know. But the reality is that, until there’s a treatment that alters the course of this disease, finding out that you actually have Alzheimer’s is not going to enable you to change anything.”
The editors of Alzheimer’s & Dementia are seeking comment on the research framework. Letters and commentary can be submitted through June and will be considered for publication in an e-book, to be published sometime this summer, according to an accompanying editorial (https://doi.org/10/1016/j.jalz.2018.03.003).
Alzheimer’s & Dementia is the official journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Jack has served on scientific advisory boards for Elan/Janssen AI, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Eli Lilly, GE Healthcare, Siemens, and Eisai; received research support from Baxter International, Allon Therapeutics; and holds stock in Johnson & Johnson. Disclosures for other committee members can be found here.
SOURCE: Jack CR et al. Alzheimer’s Dement. 2018;14:535-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.02.018.