Educational Workshop: The Basics of Fluid Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease

Friday, July 20, 2018
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois



The fluid biomarkers field for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders is rapidly expanding. The purpose of this workshop is to provide research investigators, clinicians, residents, fellows and graduate and postgraduate students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles, inherent limitations and clinical and research applications of the most common biomarkers used in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and found in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood. This workshop will include the fundamentals of CSF physiology, basics of neurochemistry, technical issues of sample collection, storage, analysis methods, quality control and regulatory issues. It will also cover the latest in cutting edge biomarker technology including blood-based biomarkers with the current understanding of how biomarkers track the progression in AD and their use in other dementias. Lectures will be followed by interactive sessions to ensure that participants gain in depth understanding of the proper use of fluid biomarkers.

This workshop is organized by leading scientists in the field and by the Alzheimer’s Association Global Biomarkers Standardization Consortia (GBSC) and the ISTAART Biofluid Based Biomarkers PIA.

Organizing Committee


  • Time
  • Topics

8 a.m.

Welcome / Introduction

8:15 a.m.

Topic 1: Basics of CSF Analytics
Markus Otto

8:45 a.m.

Topic 2: Overview of Core Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarkers Todat
Kaj Blennow

9:30 a.m.

Topic 3: Analytical Techniques for Biomarker Measurement
Ulf Andreasson

10:15 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Topic 4: Operational Issues (Sample Collection, LP’s, Storage)
Charlotte Teunissen

11:30 a.m.

Topic 5: Standardization, Quality Control and Regulatory Issues for Fluid Biomarkers
Robert Dean

12:15 p.m.

Lunch (included)

1:45 p.m.

Topic 6: Current Context Use of Fluid Biomarkers for AD & Differential Diagnosis in Dementia (Case-based approach)
Jonathan Schott

2:30 p.m.

Topic 7: Emerging Clinical Use of Fluid Biomarkers for AD & Dementia
Henrik Zetterberg

3:15 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Topic 8: Cutting Edge Techniques Including Blood Based Biomarkers
Michelle Mielke

4:15 p.m.

Review and quiz
Henrik Zetterberg

4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Target Audience

This workshop can serve as a beginners or refresher course for established investigators, clinicians, and trainees.


Educational workshops require a separate registration fee in addition to AAIC full conference registration or it may be purchased as a stand-alone event. Registration is open.


ISTAART logoThe Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) is a professional society for individuals interested in Alzheimer's and dementia science — including scientists, physicians and other professionals involved in the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. ISTAART membership makes AAIC even better: receive discounted registration, participate in professional interest areas (PIA), attend PIA Day scientific sessions (Saturday, July 21) and attend exclusive member-only scientific and networking events. Members also receive ongoing benefits throughout the year, including an online monthly subscription to Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, free online access to Neurobiology of Aging, access to the online career center, monthly e-newsletters, networking forums and extended LOI deadlines for the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program.

Non-members are encouraged to learn more and join ISTAART. Non-members may also join ISTAART during AAIC registration — select "Member +PLUS" or "Student Member +PLUS" as the AAIC registration category to purchase one year of ISTAART membership in addition to AAIC registration at the member rate. Available to new members only.


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