Tag Archives: Drug Trials Failure Rate

Biogen’s Aducanumab: Possibly the First Viable Drug Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News)

Summary There were early hopes that the drug Aducanumab (from Biogen) might be able to slow down the build-up of amyloid protein in the brain, but trials were halted in March 2019 due to “disappointing” trial results. Subsequent re-analysis of … Continue reading

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Time for a Complete Reset in Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia Drugs Research: Never Too Late? (BBC News / Brain / NHS Digital)

Summary A new type of dementia, previously misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease, has been discovered to be prevalent in the oldest of old persons. Perhaps a third of elderly people earlier thought to have Alzheimer’s Disease may have had Limbic-predominant age-related … Continue reading

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A Further Set-Back for Progress in Dementia Drug Development? (BBC News)

Summary Drug company Pfizer is to cease activity in its neuroscience drug discovery programmes, which will impact on ongoing research into drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Paradoxically the company does promise plans to create a new fund dedicated … Continue reading

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Structure of Tau Filaments in Alzheimer’s Disease Discovered (MRC / BBC News / Nature / NHS Choices)

Summary Research at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology has taken advantage of a “resolution revolution” in microscopy to uncover the atomic structure of Tau filaments (one of the two types of the abnormal tangles associated with Alzheimer’s Disease). “Tau forms … Continue reading

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Earlier Diagnosis Research: the Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study (BBC News / GtR)

Summary The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study aims to discover new ways of diagnosing dementia, ideally decades before the symptoms become apparent in order to give future drug treatments the best chance of working. The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study … Continue reading

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Another Recent Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Trial Disappointment (Lancet)

Summary Researchers aimed to discover whether LMTM [Leuco-methylthioninium bis(hydromethanesulfonate] might be safe and effective for slowing disease progression in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. LMTM had previously been found to work as a selective inhibitor of tau protein … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Solanezumab Drug Trial Flops (BBC News / Alzheimer’s and Dementia)

Summary The phase 3 EXPEDITION3 trial has been abandoned, as Solanezumab failed to slow cognitive decline in tests on around 2,000 patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Several other amyloid-clearance drugs are going through trials apparently. Full Text Link Reference Walsh, F. … Continue reading

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Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study: Dementia Early Detection and Biomarkers Research Programme (MRC / NIHR)

Summary The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study will explore improvements in biomarker research and the development of tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease early on. This research programme will be funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the … Continue reading

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