Accelerating Medicines Partnership – Alzheimer's Disease Phase 2
The Accelerating Medicines Partnership Alzheimer’s Disease (AMP AD Phase 2) is a new precompetitive public-private partnership that will enable precision medicine research for Alzheimer’s Disease through deep and longitudinal molecular analyses across diverse populations to provide insights that will accelerate the development of therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease.
This multisector partnership, managed by the Foundation for the NIH, will focus on providing a data-driven approach for identification and validation of biomarkers that will lead to increased clinical trial success.
AMP AD Phase 2 builds on the success of AMP AD Phase 1 and joins five other AMP programs, which are all coordinated by the FNIH, that use cutting-edge scientific approaches to bring new medicines and supports to patients by enhancing validation of novel, clinically relevant therapeutic targets and biomarkers. Click here to learn more about AMP in general. To learn about AMP Type 2 Diabetes click here, AMP RA/SLE Project click here, AMP Parkinson's Disease click here, or AMP Schizophrenia click here.
Read the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA’s) description of the program here.
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
- National Institute on Aging (NIA)*
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Alzheimer's Association®*
- Gates Ventures*
- Eisai Inc. *
- GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK)*
- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited*
*Provided financial support for this program.
- Eline Appelmans, M.D., MPH, BMedSci, Scientific Program Manager, Neuroscience, Research Partnerships, email@example.com
About Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer's Disease is projected to affect approximately 14 million people by the year 2060. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Dementia is the loss of thinking, remembering and reasoning abilities (neuro cognitive functions) to the extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. It is not a normal part of aging and has many potential causes. Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by changes in the brain called amyloid plaques and tau tangles as well as a loss of connections between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. Neurons transmit messages between different parts of the brain, and from the brain to muscles and organs in the body. AMP AD works to further unravel the complex molecular changes involved in Alzheimer’s Disease to speed up identification of novel drug targets. For more information on Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia’s click here.
Need for New Therapies
Despite substantial investment in Alzheimer's Disease research, the treatment options available today only temporarily improve symptoms without stopping the underlying decline and death of brain cells. Given the extremely high failure rate for investigative Alzheimer’s treatments – nearly 100 percent – this field needs innovations like AMP AD to enable an understanding of the complex biology and heterogeneity of the disease process.
AMP AD will considerably enhance and further transform Alzheimer’s research by:
- Identifying and validating new targets and biomarkers. Discovering targets and biomarkers associated with different molecular subtypes of the disease will enable drug developers to select the right populations of patients for targeted treatments in clinical trials.
- Expanding and refining understanding of disease pathway. AMP AD will support enhanced efforts to map Alzheimer’s Disease progression on a cellular and molecular level and will increase the availability of longitudinal data, giving researchers a more detailed and dynamic understanding of the disease that may open the door to new treatment approaches.
- Increasing access to de-identified data from racially and ethnically diverse cohorts. Too often, research on Alzheimer’s does not reflect the diversity of the populations affected by the disease. In its next phase, AMP AD will help address this gap by diversifying the dataset that is available through its centralized knowledge portal, prioritizing the addition of information from populations most at risk, including Black and Latinx, to enable a precision medicine approach.
- Enhancing data-sharing capabilities of existing centralized data repository and knowledgebase. AMP AD will continue to make all the individual subject-level data it generates available to researchers worldwide for use in basic research and therapy development through the NIA’s access controlled AD Knowledge Portal as well as analytical outputs and target nominations through the open-source platform, Agora. The AD Portal and Agora are expected to roll out new technologies that make it easier to share and access critical data, increasing the project’s impact and value to partners.
FNIH Press Release (March 2021): Foundation for the NIH announces Alzheimer’s Disease research initiative to accelerate progress on treatments
NIA Press Release (March 2021): NIH reinvests in transformative public-private partnership to advance precision medicine research for Alzheimer’s Disease
Over 200 publications based on AMP AD datasets, to explore publications click here. Recent:
Molecular estimation of neurodegeneration pseudotime in older brains – Nature Communications
Sex and APOE ε4 genotype modify the Alzheimer’s disease serum metabolome – Nature Communications
Concordant peripheral lipidome signatures in two large clinical studies of Alzheimer's disease – Nature Communications
Deciphering cellular transcriptional alterations in Alzheimer's disease brains – Molecular Neurodegeneration
Multiscale causal networks identify VGF as a key regulator of Alzheimer’s disease – Nature Communications
AMP AD Knowledge Portal
Click here to discover and download Alzheimer's Disease data, analyses, and tools from AMP AD.
AMP AD Agora Platform
Agora is an open-source platform, created to provide curated AMP AD verified systems biology analyses showing which genes are associated with Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Click here to learn more.
The FNIH has raised a total of $13.45 million in private- sector partner contributions to fund this new 5-year AMP AD endeavor. This seeks to leverage NIA contribution of over $61.4 million, bringing the total combined public and private sector commitment to over $74.85 million over five years. The new AMP AD involves government, industry, private offices and not-for-profit research, advocacy and care organizations in a collaboration that will advance Alzheimer’s Disease research on a scale that would not otherwise be possible.