Interdisciplinary research in Alzheimer's disease and the roles international societies can play

Shawn Zheng Kai Tan, Robert Chunhua Zhao, Sasanka Chakrabarti, Ilia Stambler, Kunlin Jin, Lee Wei Lim

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An ever-increasing ageing population has elevated Alzheimer's disease to be one of the biggest challenges in modern medicine. Alzheimer's disease is highly complex, and we are still no closer to understanding the causes, let alone an effective treatment. The lack of good experimental models and lack of critical understanding has led to high failure rates of clinical trials with high associated costs, as well as difficulties in implementing treatments. The multifaceted nature of this disease highlights the need for an interdisciplinary approach to address these concerns. In this essay, we suggest how collaborative work can be useful in addressing some of the above issues. We then propose that international organisations and publishers need to support interdisciplinary research by creating platforms, lobbying funders, and pushing for interdisciplinary publications. We further highlight some of the issues involved in implementing these suggestions and argue that willpower of the research community, together with a re-evaluation of evaluation metrics and incentive systems, are needed in order to foster interdisciplinary research. Overall, we emphasise the need for interdisciplinary research in Alzheimer's disease and suggest that international societies should play a huge role in this endeavour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalAging and Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Copyright: © 2020 Tan SZK et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Interdisciplinary
  • International societies
  • Research


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