Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Big Alzheimer Conference this month in Chicago

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease 2008 is coming up in Chicago on July 26-31. Among the more eagerly anticipated reports that will come out of the meeting will be preliminary results of the so-called GEM Study, which is looking at the putative protective effects that gingko biloba has against dementia. Also on the docket are preliminary results of a Phase III trial of gamma-secretase modulators (such as tarenflurbil) in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. I’ll let you know about any interesting developments coming out of this meeting.


Anonymous said...

Thanks. Please let us know what you think about beta amyloid vs. tau therapies

Brian E. Moore, MD, MEd said...

Thanks for your comment, yoyoma. From what I heard at the most recent American Academy of Neurology meeting, the consensus is that tau deposition is downstream from amyloid deposition in Alzheimer's disease. So, going after amyloid therapeutically probably makes more sense. But there are dissenters from this opinion, and the jury is still out. I will report on the Alzheimer conference in Chicago next week. I'll not be there, but I'll monitor the website and let my loyal readers know about anything I see that might be of interest.

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