NATIONAL PLAN TO ADDRESS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: 2017 UPDATE. Strategy 1.A: Identify Research Priorities and Milestones

09/01/2017

Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit Advances Research Agenda. In February 2015, the NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention expanded on the research agenda set in place at the first of such summits held in 2012. The 2015 gathering brought hundreds of experts in AD and other chronic diseases together to identify critical knowledge gaps and set priorities for the kinds of new resources, infrastructure, and multi-stakeholder partnerships needed to fully realize emerging research opportunities. The next Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit, taking place in March 2018 as well as a summit in 2017 to address care and services research will include national and international experts, research funders, public and private stakeholders, and members of the National Advisory Council on Aging. Summit proceedings will be open to the public and recommendations developed out of the meeting will inform priority setting at NIH and other federal agencies.

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2016 Summit on Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) Research. NIH also hosted the Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias 2016 Summit in March 2016 to update the recommendations on national research priorities for FTD, LBD, multiple etiology dementia, vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), and health disparities in dementia that came out of the 2013 ADRD Summit. The meeting drew hundreds of experts across diverse fields of dementia research as well as advocates, patients, and caregivers. Their goals were to review and update recommendations based on scientific progress, to prioritize the important scientific questions that need to be answered to advance our understanding of these complex disorders, and to identify how federal and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can further and most effectively collaborate to address these research priorities. Final recommendations from the meeting were approved by the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council in September 2016, and then were developed as ADRD prioritized research milestones, which were presented at the NAPA Advisory Council in February 2017. These milestones guide NIH's ADRD research priorities and help track progress toward the goal of preventing and effectively treating AD/ADRD by 2025.

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