Dr. Jeffery Cummings (Brain Health) and other members of a joint European Union/United States Task Force recently published, “Non-Amyloid Approaches to Disease Modification for Alzheimer’s Disease” in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. In recognition of the complexity of the disease, the task force acknowledges it may require multiple agents and may need to start in early disease stage before pathology becomes irreversible. Several alternative approaches may include: tau-targeting therapies, neurotrophin receptor modulation, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory strategies, and the innate immune response. Other approaches may include vascular approaches, aging, and non-pharmacological approaches such as lifestyle intervention strategies, photobiomodulation and neurostimulation. The task force also proposed a general strategy to accelerate the development of alternative treatment approaches, which would include increased partnerships and collaborations, improved trial designs, and further exploration of combination therapy strategies.
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