APA comments on Alzheimer’s plan

APA’s comments include a call for research that links identification of biomarkers with cognitive and behavioral markers

On March 28, APA submitted comments (PDF, 441KB) on the Draft National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease (PDF, 154KB). The National Plan is being assembled by the National Advisory Committee on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services (PDF, 50KB), with partners from federal agencies and the private sector. The plan was authorized by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, legislation approved in 2010.

This was the second round of comments APA has submitted on the National Plan. A revised draft of the plan incorporating some of the original comments was released on February 22. See the Psychological Science Agenda for information about APA’s original comments. 

APA’s comments include a call for research that links identification of biomarkers with cognitive and behavioral markers. “The ability to image biomarkers has significantly advanced the study of Alzheimer’s. What continues to be missing in the current draft is an acknowledgement of the critical role of neuropsychological testing and assessment to measure changes in cognitive performance. Real clinical benefits for those with AD depend on fully understanding how biomarkers relate to cognition and behavior.”