Blood Biomarker Challenge for dementia diagnosis

Alzheimer’s Society have been sharing more information about their Blood Biomarker Challenge. The Challenge, a collaboration with Alzheimer’s Research UK and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), is aiming to gather the information needed to introduce a blood test for dementia into the UK healthcare system. It is funded through a £5m award from the People’s Postcode Lottery. 

The biomarker tests being developed can detect amyloid or tau proteins in the blood. These proteins build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, and when detected in blood could be used to indicate that they are also present in the brain.   

You can find out more about the Challenge here: www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/how-could-blood-biomarkers-transform-dementia-diagnosis 

An announcement will be made in early 2024 naming the researchers who will take this project forward.