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The search for Alzheimer disease therapeutics — same targets, better trials?

Despite negative findings from numerous clinical trials of potential disease-modifying therapies for Alzheimer disease, amyloid remains the most compelling therapeutic target. Advances in biomarker methods now enable accurate monitoring of Alzheimer disease progression from the earliest stages of the disease. We must therefore redouble efforts to find an effective treatment.

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M.S.R. has served as consultant to AC Immune. P.S.A. has received research support from Lilly, Janssen, Eisai, the Alzheimer’s Association, NIH and FNIH, and has consulted for Merck, Biogen, Roche and ImmunoBrain Checkpoint.

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Rafii, M.S., Aisen, P.S. The search for Alzheimer disease therapeutics — same targets, better trials?. Nat Rev Neurol 16, 597–598 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41582-020-00414-3

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