Tracking The Development Of Alzheimer'S Disease With Beta Amyloid Imaging

Grant number: 1011689 | Funding period: 2011 - 2013

Completed

Abstract

A new scan called PiB PET shows the build up of amyloid protein deposits in the brain in all patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) but also in 30% of normal elderly persons. This study will track the build up of amyloid and clinical progress in 280 elderly Australians to confirm that this scan can detect AD before symptoms and investigate factors that influence this build up and its damaging effects on memory and thinking. Early detection of Alzheimer's disease will assist accurate diagnosis and the development of treatment.