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GeriPal - A Geriatrics and Palliative Care Podcast

Apr 15, 2021

There are no currently approved disease modifying drugs for Alzheimer's disease, but in a couple months that may change.   In July of 2021, the FDA will consider approval of a human monoclonal antibody called Aducanumab for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.  If approved, it will not only make this drug the defacto standard of care for Alzheimer's disease, but will create a monumental shift in the usage of other currently limited diagnostic tests, including Amyloid PET scans and other biomarkers.

On today's podcast, we talk about all things Amyloid, including Aducanumab and Amyloid PET scans with Gil Rabinovici.  Dr. Rabinovici is the Edward Fein and Pearl Landrith Endowed Professor in Memory & Aging at UCSF.   

I could talk to Gil all day long, but we try to fit all of these topics in this jam-packed podcast:

  • The heterogeneity of dementia and potentially Alzheimer's disease
  • Where are we now with disease modifying treatments for Alzheimer’s disease
  • The Role of Amyloid PET scans and other biomarkers both now and in the future
  • The wild story Aducanumab and the controversy surrounding its pending FDA approval