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Grantees in the News: Jason Karlawish and Kenneth Langa push for Update to National Alzheimer's Act

Oct 27
2016

Grantees in the News: Jason Karlawish and Kenneth Langa push for Update to National Alzheimer's Act View MoreBACK

On October 19th, the Journal of American Medical Association published a “Viewpoint” article 2007 Beeson Scholar, Jason Karlawish, MD, and 2003 Beeson Scholar Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD,  outlining suggested updates to the National Alzheimer Project Act (NAPA).

The National Alzheimer Project Act (NAPA) calls for new treatments to slow or prevent the disease by 2025, but as Drs. Karlawish and Langa argue, as it stands now, there's no strategy in place to determine whether the interventions being studied today have a "meaningful" clinical benefit for patients. 

Drs. Karlawish and Langa propose that participants in Alzheimer's prevention studies should also participate in long-term observational cohort studies, where functional outcomes can be evaluated and analyzed alongside cognitive test results.  Dr. Karlawish states, "We think the U.S. Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services is the right place for establishing a common set of publicly recognized guidelines for the design and interpretation of studies to establish the benefit of an Alzheimer's prevention therapy."

Read a summary of the article here or purchase the full version here.

Jason Karlawish, MD, is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a founding member of the Global Council on Brain Health.

Kenneth Lango, MD, PhD, is a Professor Internal Medicine, Gerontology, and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan.

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