Alzheimer's disease

The neurodegenerative disorder Alzheimer's disease is becoming more prevalent in ageing populations worldwide. The identification of effective treatments will require a better understanding of the physiological mechanisms involved, and innovative approaches to drug development and evaluation.

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Figure 1: Some key players in the pathogenesis of AD.
Figure 2: The challenge of finding AD biomarkers.


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The author consults for Merck, has received research funding from Elan, and serves on the scientific advisory board of iPierian.

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Mucke, L. Alzheimer's disease. Nature 461, 895–897 (2009).

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