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Alzheimer`s & Dementia
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 133 - 136

Commentary on `A roadmap for the prevention of dementia II. Leon Thal Symposium 2008.` Centers of excellence in Alzheimer's disease: It is time to better integrate patient care and clinical research to improve the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Rachelle S. Doody    

Abstract: Despite enormous worldwide public and private interest in improving the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), we have not made as much of an impact as we would like, and the number of affected individuals continues to grow. Even more alarmingly, whereas global efforts to identify AD cases and to develop new treatments are increasing, patient-care options are disappearing, so that even if a highly efficacious therapy or prevention approach arose, it would not be used effectively. As a first step toward organizing a better way forward, we should establish AD centers of excellence that mandate both patient care and research in the same setting. These centers would benefit from changes in public health policies related to chronic-disease surveillance, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services funding for the care of chronic diseases, institutional review boards, good clinical practice guidelines, National Institutes of Health regulations for the use of research funds, Food and Drug Administration guidelines for the approval of AD drugs, and Department of Commerce regulations related to patent protection of AD diagnostic aids and treatments. This new form of AD centers of excellence would also provide direct care to many patients and their families, model care for communities and medical trainees, enhance the voluntary recruitment of AD patients to clinical trials, and improve our understanding of AD and its management.

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