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PhD Defence: “Diseased without symptoms – the moral desirability of Alzheimer biomarker testing”
5 October 2021 @ 16:30 - 17:30
By Marthe Smedinga (email@example.com)
Date and time:
October 5, 16:30 – 17:30 hours
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Prof. dr. Edo Richard (Radboudumc)
Prof. dr. Maartje Schermer (ErasmusMC)
Dr. Eline Bunnik (ErasmusMC)
If there is no treatment available, is it morally desirable to offer tests to predict Alzheimer’s dementia in clinical practice? What if the reliability of such tests is uncertain, but someone with worries about Alzheimer’s really wants to know?
A growing number of people in the Netherlands seek medical advice for their cognitive complaints; afraid that they will develop Alzheimer’s dementia. Some researchers and physicians suggest offering a so called ‘biomarker test’ in such cases. This is a brain scan or a lumbar puncture that can detect ‘biological markers’ that are associated with Alzheimer’s dementia. This information is believed to provide insight into one’s risk to develop dementia. In this thesis, a method on how to decide whether to offer such Alzheimer biomarker tests in clinical practice is laid out.
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