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α-Synuclein Antibody Misses Primary, May Have Signal on Secondaries

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-22 Conference Coverage Roche and Prothena today announced  topline results from the first half of their Phase 2 trial of the α-synuclein antibody prasinezumab. Results were negative on the MDS-UPDRS, the primary outcome measure, but the company said it saw ...

Parkinson's Therapies Seek to Stem Progression

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-22 Conference Coverage At the second biannual Advances in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Therapies Focus Meeting (AAT-AD/PD), held virtually April 2 to 5, companies offered some news on investigational Parkinson’s therapies in Phase 1. One approach is targeted ...

With TREM2, Timing Is Everything

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-22 Conference Coverage Certain variants in the TREM2 gene more than triple a person’s risk of AD, seemingly by sapping the protective function this microglial receptor performs. According to findings presented at the virtual AAT-AD/PD meeting, held April 2 ...

‘Working from Home’: Do Gut Microbes Hold Sway Over Glia, Aβ?

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-16 Conference Coverage At the virtual AAT-AD/PD meeting, held April 2 to 5 online, researchers substantiated some prior hints on potential causal connections between the throngs of bacteria inhabiting the gut, how microglia function in the brain, and ...

Does Alzheimer’s Start in the Heart of the Cholinergic System?

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-16 Conference Coverage Three the approved drugs for Alzheimer’s disease attempt to boost the brain’s supply of acetylcholine, a critical neurotransmitter for cognition that wanes in people with the disease. But might crumbling of the brain’s cholinergic ...

Active Tau Vaccine: Hints of Slowing Neurodegeneration

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-15 Conference Coverage Because cognition in Alzheimer’s disease declines as tangles spread, and tau research tools are finally in hand, researchers are increasingly homing in on tau immunotherapy. At the second biannual Advances in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson ...

Confused About the DIAN-TU Trial Data? Experts Discuss

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-10 Conference Coverage At the virtual AAT-AD/PD Focus meeting held April 1 to 5, clinicians and funders involved in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) fired up their home computers to discuss results from the first DIAN-TU ...

217—The Best Phospho-Tau Marker for Alzheimer’s?

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-10 Conference Coverage A flood of recent data seems to leave little doubt that phospho-tau217 is the better of the soluble tau markers for studying Alzheimer’s disease thus far. At this year’s virtual AAT-AD/PD meeting, Oskar Hansson, Lund University, Sweden ...

New Assay, New Cohorts—Plasma p-Tau181 Looks Even Better

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-04-03 Conference Coverage The conference may be virtual, but the data is real. At the online AAT-ADPD 2020, researchers presented their talks and posters in much that same way as they would have in person—albeit without the open question-and-answer time. Up ...

Tau Receptor Identified on Cell Surface

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-03-07 Conference Coverage Evidence now seems overwhelming that toxic forms of tau spread from cell to cell, causing the characteristic progression of tauopathies such as Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia. But how does tau get from one cell to another? At ...

Primary Tauopathies Get New PET Ligands

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-03-06 Conference Coverage Scientists studying the non-Alzheimer’s disease tauopathies have struggled to find tracers that will bind the particular forms of tau that predominate in those diseases. At Tau2020, held February 12–13 in Washington, D.C., Gil ...

New at Tau2020: PET Detects First Traces of Tangles in Rhinal Cortex

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-03-05 Conference Coverage Tau2020, the first of what may become a regular “pan-tau” conference (see Part 1 of this series), got off to a brisk start February 12–13 in Washington, D.C. Researchers who focus on primary tauopathies, such as progressive ...

Behold the First Human α-Synuclein CryoEM Fibril Structure

CONFERENCE COVERAGE 2020-03-04 Conference Coverage The first high-resolution cryo-EM structures of pathological α-synuclein aggregates were unveiled at Tau2020, a new conference held Feb 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C. (see Part 1 of this series). Michel Goedert, MRC Laboratory of ...

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