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Developing an Economic and Policy Research Agenda for Blood Biomarkers of Neurodegenerative Diseases
JJ Arias et al, JAMA Health Forum, July 16, 2021

The paucity of economic analyses of neurodegenerative diseases contrasts with that of cancer, which has experienced a similar reconceptualization of disease and for which there has been far more economic analyses examining blood-based biomarker use.7 Economic analyses of blood tests for biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases must receive similar attention given their future clinical importance.

Accelerated approval offers a promising roadmap for rare neurological diseases
ED Kakkis, Stat News, July 7, 2021

Using the underlying genetics of rare diseases to identify biomarkers that are reasonably likely to predict the benefit of novel therapies should make it possible to rely on these biomarkers for accelerated approval.

Dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease: a compass for drug development
GD Rabinovici, Nature Medicine, July 5, 2021

Dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease (DIAD) accounts for only 1% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) but has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of this disease. A focus on patients with DIAD as a target population for AD clinical trials has a strong scientific rationale. People from familial AD pedigrees tend to be young, otherwise healthy and highly motivated to participate in research. Mutations are essentially 100% penetrant, with the onset of clinical symptoms occurring at a predictable age.

Progress towards therapies for disease modification in Parkinson's disease
N Vijaratnam et al, Lancet Neruology, July 2021

Better understanding of Parkinson's disease pathogenesis associated with advances in laboratory models, the use of objective biomarkers of disease progression and target engagement, and a focus on agents known to be safe for human use, alongside the use of precision medicine approaches, should together greatly increase the likelihood for successful identification of disease-modifying treatments for Parkinson's disease.


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