International Alzheimer’s clinical trial to test tau drugs

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A worldwide clinical trial aimed at finding treatments for Alzheimer’s disease has expanded to include investigational drugs targeting a harmful form of the brain protein tau. The trial, known as the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) and led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, launched in 2012 as the first prevention trial for Alzheimer’s disease. Originally focused on amyloid-based therapies, it was funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2013.