Alzheimer's Diagnostic Guideline Validation: Exploration of Next Steps - Workshop Summary


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The diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease most widely used today were proposed more than 25 years ago. At the time, there was a sense that Alzheimer’s disease was a binary condition. However, scientific advances over the last decade now indicate that Alzheimer’s is a continuous, progressive cognitive disease, most likely beginning asymptomatically many years before dementia is apparent. To reflect this change, revisions to the diagnostic guidelines were proposed in 2007 by the International Working Group and in 2011 by working groups convened by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association.

On July 18, 2011, the IOM Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders hosted a public workshop session at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The session brought together stakeholders to discuss next steps in the validation of these new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease. This document summarizes the workshop.

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