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Sign up for APA/NIA webinar on new Alzheimer’s disease guidelines

Learn how the new Alzheimer’s Guidelines may affect your research and practice.

The American Psychological Association (APA), in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging (NIA), is sponsoring a two-hour webinar on October 3, 2011 (2:00-3:30 PM Eastern) to provide information about the new guidelines for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  These guidelines, which were released in April 2011, were developed by working groups convened by the NIA and the Alzheimer’s Association.  They are the first new Alzheimer’s diagnostic guidelines since 1984.

The webinar will be moderated by Glenn Smith (Mayo Clinic), who chaired the APA Task Force on the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age Related Cognitive Change (2011).  Presenters will include the psychologist members of each of the three NIA/AD guideline working groups: Marilyn Albert (Johns Hopkins University), Yaakov Stern (Columbia University), and Sandra Weintraub (Northwestern University).  Molly Wagster and Tony Phelps of NIA will also be presenters.

The aim of the webinar is to enhance psychologists’ understanding of the guidelines and how they may affect research and practice. Psychologists have raised questions about the guidelines and how they will be implemented, including whether they will require that biomarker data be collected from all participants in research studies on cognitive aging.  The guidelines refer to pathological processes (development of beta-amyloid plaques and neuronal tangles) that may appear many years before symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease develops or can be diagnosed using currently available methods. 

The idea for the webinar developed during a July meeting between staff of the APA Science and Public Interest Directorates and staff of the NIA who were involved with development of the guidelines.  The webinar is being organized by Patricia Kobor, Senior Science Policy Analyst in the Science Directorate and Deborah DiGilio, Director of the APA Office on Aging in the Public Interest Directorate.

Registration information for the webinar will be posted on the   New Alzheimer's Guidelines  website. You may also receive registration information by contacting  Patricia Kobor or Deborah DiGilio.

The webinar will be archived so it will continue to be available as a resource.