Experts Want to Redefine Alzheimer’s Disease So They Can Study It Better

A series of new guidelines might redefine how researchers study and classify Alzheimer’s disease.
Illustration: National Institute on Aging, NIH (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease are on the verge of redefining the devastating neurodegenerative disorder. And though the changes aren’t meant to influence how the 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s are cared after by their doctors and families, they are poised to shape the future of research into the disease for years to come.

A coalition of 20 scientists, brought together by the Alzheimer’s Association (AA) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, were asked to review the current science behind what we know about Alzheimer’s, and if needed, to update the guidelines many researchers use to study it in people.

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