Plasmonic-array-based biosensors for the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases

Kelly Ann Vere, Joanna Richens, Michael Geoffrey Somekh, Nin Bajaj, Kevin Morgan, Paul O'Shea

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The impact of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is projected to become one of the major challenges to modern society: over the next few years the incidence of AD will reach 1 million people in the UK alone with an estimated annual economic cost of £30 billion. Unfortunately, the existing diagnostic procedures are inadequate for early disease detection and do not always differentiate AD from other dementias. In addition, they are time consuming, expensive and of limited availability outside specialist centres. Definitive AD diagnosis is still only available post-mortem and the development of enhanced diagnostic strategies are, therefore, highly desirable. We have identified a panel of AD biomarkers incorporating proteins whose diagnostic power arises from their interrelated patterns and we are developing an instrument for point-of-care diagnostic tests that can be used in clinical settings (community medical centres and hospitals) as a screening tool for these markers. Availability of a reliable biomarker test for AD would increase the accuracy of disease diagnosis, aid earlier disease detection including automation for community screening and allow for improved treatment targeting. Whilst no cure for AD is currently available, earlier, more accurate and cost-effective detection of AD will be an important component for facilitating development and implementation of newer, disease modifying therapies (amyloid vaccines). Our approach would also allow expensive resources, particularly emerging state-of-the-art imaging technologies, to be more effectively utilised.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 Functional Optical Imaging, FOI 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 Functional Optical Imaging, FOI 2011 - Ningbo, China
Duration: 3 Dec 20114 Dec 2011


Conference2011 Functional Optical Imaging, FOI 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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