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

Friday, July 24, 2020
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Amsterdam, Netherlands


The fluid biomarkers field for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias 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 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 an in-depth understanding of the proper use of fluid biomarkers.

This workshop was organized by leading scientists in this 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.

Basics of CSF Analytics
Markus Otto

8:45 a.m.

Overview of Core Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarkers Today
Kaj Blennow

9:30 a.m.

Analytical Techniques for Biomarker Measurements
Ulf Andreasson

10:15 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

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

11:30 a.m.

Current Context of Use of Fluid Biomarkers for AD and Differential Diagnosis in Dementia (case-based approach)
Jonathan Schott

12:15 p.m.

Lunch (included)

1:45 p.m.

Emerging Clinical Use of Fluid Biomarkers for AD and Dementia
Henrik Zetterberg

2:30 p.m.

Current Status and Future Directions for Blood Based Biomarkers
Michelle Mielke

3:15 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

State of the Art and Potential of Omics Biomarkers in Biofluids
Charlotte Teunissen

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 come with separate registration fees in addition to AAIC full conference registration. Workshops can also be purchased as stand-alone events. Registration for this workshop opened in February.


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 (PIAs), attend PIA Day scientific sessions before AAIC begins and get access to exclusive members-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 an online career center, monthly e-newsletters, networking forums and extended LOI deadlines for the Alzheimer's Association International Research Grant Program.

Learn more and join ISTAART. New members can also join ISTAART during AAIC registration: Select “ISTAART Membership + AAIC Registration” as the AAIC registration category to purchase one year of ISTAART membership in addition to AAIC registration at the member rate.

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