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Combining blood-based biomarkers to predict risk for Alzheimer’s disease dementia

Accurate blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are critical tools that have the potential to revolutionize dementia research, clinical trials and clinical care. Models combining blood-based biomarkers that represent multiple aspects of AD brain pathology with key individual level factors may improve prediction of AD dementia.

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Fig. 1: Predicting progression to dementia using a single biomarker cut-off versus a multivariate model.

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S.E.S. is supported by National Institute on Aging (grant no. K23AG053426).

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R.J.B. co-founded C2N Diagnostics. Washington University and R.J.B. have equity ownership interest in C2N Diagnostics and receive royalty income based on technology (stable isotope labeling kinetics and blood plasma assay) licensed by Washington University to C2N Diagnostics. R.J.B. receives income from C2N Diagnostics for serving on the Scientific Advisory Board. Washington University, with R.J.B. as co-inventor, have filed patent applications (US Patent application nos. 16/610,428; 62/898,407; 62/962,296; PCT/US2020/012959) on technology related to the processes described in this article. R.J.B. has received honoraria as a speaker/consultant/advisory board member from Amgen, AC Immune, Eisai, F. Hoffman-LaRoche and Janssen, and reimbursement of travel expenses from AC Immune, F. Hoffman-La Roche and Janssen. S.E.S. declares no competing interests.

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Schindler, S.E., Bateman, R.J. Combining blood-based biomarkers to predict risk for Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Nat Aging 1, 26–28 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s43587-020-00008-0

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