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This course will review the development of new diagnostic criteria for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as discuss the epidemiology, risk factors, biomarkers, treatments, and future treatments for these disorders.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the changes in the definition of dementia and new biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Review the epidemiology of dementia.
  • Identify and possibly utilize future treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Reading Resources:

  1. McKhann GM, et al. The Diagnosis of Dementia Due to Alzheimer's Disease: Recommendations from the National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer's Association Workgroups on Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2011 May;7(3):263-9.
  2. Fitzpatrick AL, Kuller LH, Ives DG, Lopez OL, Jagust W, Breitner JC, Jones B, Lyketsos C, Dulberg C. Incidence and Prevalence of Dementia in the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004 Feb;52(2):195-204.
  3. Raji CA, Lopez OL, Kuller LH, Carmichael OT, Longstreth WT Jr, Gach HM, Boardman J, Bernick CB, Thompson PM, Becker JT. White Matter Lesions and Brain Gray Matter Volume in Cognitively Normal Elders. Neurobiol Aging. 2012 Apr;33(4):834.e7-16.


Dr. Lopez has financial interests with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Consultant: Lundbeck, Grifols

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 4/30/2015 | Last Modified On: 4/30/2015 | Expires: 5/2/2015

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