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The Dynamics of Cortical and Hippocampal Atrophy in Alzheimer Disease



To characterize rates of regional Alzheimer disease (AD)–specific brain atrophy across the presymptomatic, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia stages.


Multicenter case-control study of neuroimaging, cerebrospinal fluid, and cognitive test score data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.


Research centers across the United States and Canada.


We examined a total of 317 participants with base-line cerebrospinal fluid biomarker measurements and 3T1-weighted magnetic resonance images obtained within 1 year.

Main Outcome Measures

We used automated tools to compute annual longitudinal atrophy in the hippocampus and cortical regions targeted in AD. We used Mini-Mental State Examination scores as a measure of cognitive performance. We performed a cross-subject analysis of atrophy rates and acceleration on individuals with an AD-like cerebrospinal fluid molecular profile.


In presymptomatic individuals harboring indicators of AD, baseline thickness in AD-vulnerable cortical regions was significantly reduced compared with that of healthy control individuals, but baseline hippocampal volume was not. Across the clinical spectrum, rates of AD-specific cortical thinning increased with decreasing cognitive performance before peaking at approximately the Mini-Mental State Examination score of 21, beyond which rates of thinning started to decline. Annual rates of hippocampal volume loss showed a continuously increasing pattern with decreasing cognitive performance as low as the Mini-Mental State Examination score of 15. Analysis of the second derivative of imaging measurements revealed that AD-specific cortical thinning exhibited early acceleration followed by deceleration. Conversely, hippocampal volume loss exhibited positive acceleration across all study participants.


Alzheimer disease–specific cortical thinning and hippocampal volume loss are consistent with a sigmoidal pattern, with an acceleration phase during the early stages of the disease. Clinical trials should carefully consider the nonlinear behavior of these AD biomarkers.

Cognitive decline and the dementia stage of Alzheimer disease (AD) are the clinical manifestations of the cumulative burden of multiple neuropathologic insults. Postmortem studies1,2 indicate that an evolution of neuropathologic insults can be observed during the initial stages of AD, with intracellular tau-associated neurofibrillary tangles first appearing in medial temporal and limbic isocortical regions and extracellular amyloid-β (Aβ)–associated plaques affecting heteromodal association cortices.

Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows for the detection of macroscopic tissue atrophy associated with AD. Serial imaging helps us view the temporal evolution of the disease process and shows promise for use in assessing drug efficacy.314 Most prior longitudinal studies have found that brain atrophy progressively accelerates throughout the disease process, although those studies mostly focus on global measures, such as whole-brain or ventricular volume,3 or on a single anatomical structure, such as the hippocampus.5,10,12

In this study, we used longitudinal MRI to examine the temporal dynamics of regional cortical and hippocampal atrophy in individuals harboring indicators of AD. Gray matter atrophy, resulting from the loss of neuronal, glial, and neuropil volume, is reflected as diminished cortical thickness in vulnerable regions15,16 and decreased volume of the hippocampus.17 Building on the findings of prior longitudinal clinical, cognitive, and imaging studies3,7,1822 and a recent theoretical model of the Alzheimer’s pathologic cascade,23 we hypothesized that AD-specific cortical and hippocampal atrophy follows a sigmoidal pattern with initial acceleration followed by deceleration during the later stages of the disease. Our analyses revealed that hippocampal and AD-specific cortical atrophy agree well with the cumulative diffusion model that predicts a sigmoidal pattern. We further present 3 lines of evidence (based on baseline measurements, atrophy rates, and acceleration) that distributed AD-specific cortical thinning constitutes an early biomarker of AD.



Recent evidence suggests that the dynamics of AD biomarkers follow a sigmoidal pattern.23,24 One mechanism that yields such a dynamic is the cumulative diffusion model,25 which predicts that the rate of atrophy is proportional to that of aggregated atrophy (ie, tissue loss at a location is aggravated by accumulating damage in its neighborhood). Underlying this model is the cumulative damage hypothesis, which can be caused by mechanisms such as oxidative stress.26

According to the cumulative diffusion model, atrophy accelerates initially, and the rate peaks at a point at which half the potential tissue loss has occurred (Figure 1). This critical (ie, inflection) point marks a shift in dynamics, namely, before the inflection atrophy is driven by accumulating disease, but in the following period, the rate is constrained by the amount of intact tissue.

Figure 1
Rates of atrophy. A, Hypothetical curve of longitudinal atrophy according to the cumulative diffusion model; B, corresponding rate of atrophy; and C, rate of atrophy as a function of the total amount of Alzheimer disease (AD)–specific atrophy. ...


We examined 317 participants from the public Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) database (, with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples obtained at baseline and 3 T1-weighted MRIs acquired at baseline and at 6 and 12 months of follow-up. We investigated CSF biomarker measurements of Aβ1-42 peptide and total tau (t-tau) according to a recently established CSF signature of AD.27 These measurements, which we consider to be indirect measures of indicators of AD, show strong promise as preclinical biomarkers that predict future dementia in individuals without dementia.2628 Our analysis focused on the group of individuals with a CSF molecular profile consistent with AD (ie, a CSF t-tau: Aβ1-42 ratio>0.39) (N=202). This group contained presymptomatic (ie, cognitively normal [CN] as measured by a Clinical Dementia Rating29 of 0) individuals (n=31), patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment30 (aMCI) (n=107), and patients with AD (n=64). Also, as healthy control individuals (n=61), we included those individuals who were CN at baseline and had a normal CSF molecular profile (ie, a CSF t-tau: Aβ1-42ratio<0.39). The Table lists descriptive information for these groups.

Descriptive Baseline Statistical Information for the Study Participants


We processed all MRIs automatically using the FreeSurfer software package developed at the A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.1 For each MRI result, FreeSurfer computed study participant–specific thickness measurements across the entire cortical mantle31,32 and hippocampal and intracranial volume measurements.33,34 In all subsequent analyses, we averaged the volumes of the 2 hippocampi. We used FreeSurfer’s longitudinal stream to process a set of serial MRIs from each study participant; this stream yields accurate and unbiased estimates of subtle changes over time.2


We used the cross-sectional Open Access Series of Imaging Studies (OASIS) data set35 consisting of 94 participants to generate an exploratory map of cortical thickness differences between older controls (47; [57.4%] women; mean [SD] age, 78 [5.6] years) and individuals with a Clinical Dementia Rating of 0.5 clinically classified as having incipient AD (47; [63.8%] women; 76.4 [4.7] years of age). A 2-class general linear model yielded a map of regions exhibiting AD-specific thinning (P<.01, uncorrected) in each hemisphere (Figure 2). We delineated 7 regions of interest (ROIs) on the average cortical surface template31 that demonstrated the greatest magnitude of bilateral cortical thinning in participants with incipient AD relative to older controls (Figure 2). These regions were the entorhinal cortex, the temporopolar cortex, the lateral temporal cortex, the inferior parietal cortex, the inferior parietal sulcus, the posterior cingulate cortex, and the inferior frontal cortex. Also, we used a primary motor and sensory cortex region to serve as a control ROI by averaging the thickness of the precentral and postcentral gyri.26

Figure 2
Seven regions of interest generated from the regions demonstrating the greatest magnitude of Alzheimer disease (AD)–specific thinning in the exploratory analysis of the Open Access Series of Imaging Studies data, shown on an inflated surface representation, ...

Using surface-based registration,36 we mapped the OASIS-derived ROIs from the surface template onto the Free-surfer-generated results of the individual participants from the ADNI cohort. We used mean thickness values (ie, across the cortical ROIs in both hemispheres) in all subsequent analyses (unless specified otherwise).


We computed rates of AD-specific cortical thinning and hippocampal volume loss in each participant (at month 6) as the mean of the backward (ie, baseline-month 6) and forward (ie, month 6-month 12) slopes of cortical thickness and hippocampal volume measurements, respectively. With 2 time points, the slope equals the difference between measurements divided by the time difference. We computed the second derivative with respect to time (ie, acceleration) as the difference between the forward and backward slopes divided by the time difference between month 12 and baseline. These values were used in the acceleration-deceleration analysis presented herein. Positive acceleration indicates that atrophy is speeding up, and negative acceleration (ie, deceleration) signifies that it is slowing down.


We measured cognitive performance via Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores37 obtained at baseline, month 6, and month 12. Annual cognitive decline was computed as the difference between the scores of baseline and month 12 divided by the time difference.


To evaluate the fit of the cumulative diffusion model on individual-level data, we used a model selection strategy based on stepwise logistic regression.38 The theoretical model predicts a nonlinear, quadratic relationship between the rate of atrophy and the total amount of AD-specific atrophy (Figure 1C). We used cognitive performance (ie, negative MMSE score) as a proxy for the total amount of AD-specific atrophy. The rate of atrophy was treated as the dependent (ie, measurement) variable in a general linear model, with MMSE score (at month 6 of follow-up) and its square as independent variables of interest. We included age, sex, educational level, apolipoprotein E (APOE)-ε4 genotype (using 1 if an APOE-ε4 carrier and 0 otherwise), and intracranial volume as covariates.

For a given measurement (ie, cortical thickness or hippocampal volume), if the rate of atrophy is associated with the square of the MMSE score via a negative coefficient, we consider this to be evidence of the cumulative diffusion model (ie, outcome 1). We further consider the outcome in which the rate of atrophy has a linear (and not quadratic) association with MMSE score via a negative coefficient (ie, outcome 2) as supportive of the cumulative model because it simply would indicate that the inflection point is beyond the (MMSE) range of the analyzed data. Our assumption is that continuously increasing atrophyrates will slow at some point due to the diminishing amount of intact tissue. All other outcomes will be indicative of an alternative mechanism (ie, alternative outcome). For example, a progressive slowing will suggest an exponential decay pattern. All our analyses included age, sex, educational level, APOE-ε4 genotype, and intracranial volume as covariates and were conducted using the Statistical Toolbox of Matlab (R2007a; The Math Works Inc, Natick, Massachusetts).



Among individuals with an AD-like CSF molecular profile, we first analyzed those who were CN at baseline (n=31). Compared with healthy controls, the mean baseline thickness in the 7 AD-vulnerable cortical ROIs was significantly reduced in this presymptomatic group (P<.001). Yet, baseline hippocampal volume measurements and the annual rates of AD-specific cortical thinning and hippocampal volume loss were statistically indistinguishable from those of healthy controls (P=.17, P=.81, and P=.24, respectively) (Figure 3). A correlation analysis that treated CSF biomarkers as continuous variables in the entire CN group (n=92) revealed that mean baseline thickness in AD-vulnerable cortical ROIs was more strongly associated with Aβ1-42 than t-tau, and this association mostly was driven by a subset of the 7 regions, with posterior cingulate and inferior parietal cortices exhibiting the strongest correlations.26 The mean results agree well with supplemental analyses performed on a small number of CN individuals who progressed to aMCI or AD within 3 years.26 Furthermore, among the presymptomatic individuals, annual rates of AD-specific cortical thinning and hippocampal volume loss were not correlated with concurrent cognitive decline (ie, MMSE change3 during the same year; partial correlation P=.57 and P=.63, respectively).

Figure 3
Baseline hippocampal volume measurements and the annual rates of Alzheimer disease (AD)–specific cortical thinning and hippocampal volume loss. Shown are mean hippocampal volume (A) and cortical thickness in AD-vulnerable regions of interest (B) ...


Next, we examined the symptomatic individuals (ie, those having aMCI and AD) with an AD-like CSF molecular profile. Compared with healthy controls, thickness in AD-vulnerable cortical ROIs and hippocampal volume were significantly reduced in this group (both P<.001). The rates of AD-specific thinning and hippocampal volume loss were significantly higher than those in the control group (both P<.001) and correlated with concurrent cognitive decline (ie, partial correlations of 0.16 and 0.32; corresponding P=.02 and P<.001 for cortical thickness and hippocampal volume, respectively).


To test the cumulative diffusion model of atrophy, we conducted a stepwise linear regression on all individuals with an AD-like CSF molecular profile (n=202), using rate of atrophy as the outcome variable. The MMSE score at month 6 and its square were the independent variables of interest. The quadratic term was significantly associated with the rate of AD-specific cortical thinning (P=.002) via a negative coefficient (ie, outcome 1). No significant association was observed between the square of the MMSE score and the annual rate of hippocampal volume loss (P=.76), but the linear term was statistically significant (P<.001) with a negative coefficient (ie, outcome 2). Both of these outcomes provide support for the cumulative diffusion model that predicts a sigmoidal pattern. For the primary motor and sensory cortices (ie, the control region), stepwise linear regression yielded no support for the cumulative diffusion model (ie, the alternative outcome).26 Figure 4 shows the best second-order polynomial fit for AD-specific cortical thinning rates and hippocampal volume loss rates as functions of MMSE score.

Figure 4
Best second-order polynomial fit for Alzheimer disease (AD)–specific cortical thinning rates and hippocampal volume loss rates as functions of Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score. Shown are scatterplots of rates of AD-specific hippocampal ...

The maximum point of the thinning rate curve was located at the MMSE score of 21.4, with a 95% confidence interval of 19.5 to 23.3, a range that is typically within the mild stages of clinical AD.4 To exclude the possibility that this fit may have been driven by results from the entorhinal cortex, we conducted a supplemental analysis by omitting this region from the average AD-specific thinning measure.26 Little variation can be observed in the location of the peak across the 7 AD-vulnerable ROIs, with less than 2 MMSE points of difference between the maxima of the posterior cingulate, the ROI that peaks the earliest, and the temporal pole, which peaks the latest.26 The rate of hippocampal volume loss exhibited a continuously increasing pattern with decreasing MMSE score, and the maximum of this curve is likely to exist beyond the MMSE score of 15 (ie, the lowest score in our data).


The sigmoidal pattern suggests early acceleration followed by a deceleration phase. Based on the observation that AD-specific cortical thinning rates peak at approximately the MMSE score of 20 to 23, we subdivided the group of individuals with an AD-like CSF molecular profile into 2 subgroups, namely, those with a month-6 MMSE score greater than 23 (n=148) and those whose score was less than 20 (n=10). Cortical atrophy exhibited a pattern of acceleration in the first group (ie, the second derivative is positive) and deceleration in the second group.26 Conversely, hippocampal volume loss exhibited a positive acceleration in both subgroups.


We present evidence for the cumulative diffusion model as a possible mechanism for AD-specific brain atrophy. In this model, rates of atrophy behave nonlinearly (ie, with a sigmoidal pattern), increasing initially, peaking at the inflection point, and decreasing thereafter.

Rates of atrophy in AD-vulnerable cortical ROIs and in the hippocampus in presymptomatic individuals with an AD-like CSF molecular profile were statistically indistinguishable from those of healthy controls. However, the former individuals exhibited an elevated profile, suggesting that these 2 groups can be potentially discriminated with a larger sample size. Of interest, the mean thickness of AD-vulnerable ROIs was significantly reduced in this presymptomatic group, but hippocampal volume was not. This finding suggests that cortical thickness in AD-vulnerable ROIs may be a sensitive biomarker in the earliest stages of the disease process. Longitudinal rates of atrophy in AD-vulnerable cortical and hippocampal regions, however, seem unlikely to be useful for tracking disease progression during the presymptomatic period. These results are further supported by a supplemental analysis of a small number of individuals (n=10) who were CN at baseline but had progressed to aMCI or AD within 3 years of follow-up.

Our results from the CN group add to the growing body of literature that demonstrates cortical thickness measurements from select ROIs as sensitive markers of very early AD.3941 This observation does not necessarily contradict the widely accepted pathophysiology of AD that is characterized by early neurofibrillary tangle deposition in the medial temporal lobe (including the hippocampus) and associated atrophy in these regions because volume measurements of a structure as large as the hippocampus may be less sensitive to subtle and localized atrophy than those of ROI-based cortical thickness. Moreover, our analyses suggest that AD-specific cortical thinning in CN individuals is mostly associated with β-amyloid and not tau. The recently demonstrated tight coupling between hippocampal atrophy and episodic memory impairment42 further suggests that significant volume loss in the hippocampus may be associated with clinical symptoms and therefore is unlikely to occur during a preclinical phase. That is, hippocampal atrophy may mark the transition to cognitive symptoms.

Thickness in AD-vulnerable cortical ROIs and hippocampal volume are significantly reduced during aMCI and clinical AD. Consistent with data from prior studies,58,18 rates of AD-specific cortical thinning and hippocampal volume loss also are significantly elevated and correlate with concurrent cognitive decline.

Consistent with the sigmoidal pattern, the rate of cortical thinning accelerates throughout the presymptomatic and aMCI stages, starting from levels indistinguishable from those of healthy controls and reaching its fastest pace at approximately the MMSE score of 21. Although continuing to progress, AD-specific cortical thinning starts to slow beyond this point. This characterization was consistent across all 7 AD-vulnerable cortical ROIs that we examined. Hippocampal atrophy rates, however, exhibit a progressively increasing pattern without a clearly discernible peak before the MMSE score of 15.

Our longitudinal observation is in broad agreement with a recent cross-sectional characterization of the dynamics of AD biomarkers,24 in which a sigmoidal pattern of hippocampal atrophy was demonstrated. Building on data from prior serial imaging studies,7,14,18 our results demonstrate that AD-specific brain atrophy is characterized by early acceleration, possibly driven by cumulative insults, such as amyloid toxicity, tangle deposition, and neuronal and synaptic dysfunction, followed by late deceleration, constrained by the diminishing residual intact tissue.

The nonlinear, sigmoidal pattern has important implications for clinical trials. First, a linear characterization of brain atrophy can lead to incorrect sample size estimates and underpowered clinical trials. Second, the bell-shaped derivative of the sigmoid implies that early in the disease process, atrophy rates are likely to be indistinguishable from those of controls and therefore probably will be of limited use in tracking progression. Finally, the natural deceleration observed in later disease stages needs to be carefully considered when assessing a disease-modifying therapeutic effect in an AD trial.

The present study uses longitudinal neuroimaging data collected from multiple sites and thus demonstrates the potential use of these biomarkers in multicenter clinical trials. Another important aspect of the study is the use of cortical ROIs defined with an independent sample. In contrast with traditional methods that use anatomical landmarks, this approach identifies a disease-specific effect through an exploratory analysis,39 which yields sensitive markers of disease.

The present study has several limitations. One issue involves the use of a cross-sectional design in which cohort effects can confound results. A second concern pertains to the usefulness of a CSF-based cutoff to select participants who have a molecular profile consistent with AD and our assumption that the conditions of these individuals exist on the same disease trajectory. Hence, our findings are contingent on the validity of this hypothetical trajectory. Another limitation involves the examination of longitudinal atrophy during a 1-year period. It is possible that acceleration and deceleration patterns of cortical regions vary substantially across individuals. Furthermore, the limited number of patients in the severe stages of dementia (eg, with an MMSE score <20) may have biased our computation of where cortical thinning rates peak. As additional longitudinal MRI data during multiyear periods become available, future studies will examine the validity of these findings. Finally, the apparent slowing of AD-specific cortical thinning may not occur due to the underlying biology but may be a consequence of the technical difficulty of resolving thickness changes around and beyond the voxel resolution. Although our characterization of AD-specific cortical thinning as a dynamic biomarker still will be valid, in the interest of understanding the underlying biology of this region, this potential confounder needs to be examined in future work.


Funding/Support: Data collection and sharing for this project was funded by the ADNI and NIH grant U01 AG024904 (principal investigator [PI], Dr Weiner). The ADNI is funded by the National Institute on Aging, by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and through generous contributions from Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca AB, Bayer Schering Pharma AG, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai Global Clinical Development, Elan Corporation plc, Genentech Inc, GE Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Innogenetics NV, Johnson & Johnson Services Inc, Eli Lilly and Company, Medpace Inc, Merck & Co Inc, Novartis International AG, Pfizer Inc, F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd, Schering-Plough Corporation, SYNARC Inc, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, as well as nonprofit partners the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, with participation from the US Food and Drug Administration. Private sector contributions to the ADNI are facilitated by the Foundation for the NIH. The grantee organization is the Northern California Institute for Research and Education Inc, and the study is coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study at the University of California, San Diego. The ADNI data are disseminated by the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of California, Los Angeles. Further support for this research was provided in part by grant P41-RR14075 from the National Center for Research Resources (Dr Fischl [PI, Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD]), grant R01EB006758 from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (PI, Dr Fischl), grant AG022381 from the National Institute on Aging (Dr Fischl [PI, William S. Kremen, PhD]), grant R01 NS052585-01 from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (PI, Dr Fischl), grant P41-RR14075 from the National Center for Research Resources (Dr Fischl [PI, Dr Rosen]), grants BIRN002 and U24 RR021382 from the National Center for Research Resources Biomedical Informatics Research Network Morphometric Project (Dr Fischl [PI, Dr Rosen]), grant RC1 AT005728-01 from the National Center for Alternative Medicine (Dr Fischl [PI, Dr Rosen]), grant R01EB006758 from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (PI, Dr Fischl), and grant R01 NS052585-01 from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (PI, Dr Fischl); from Shared Instrumentation Grants 1S10RR023401, 1S10RR019, and 1S10RR023043; and The Autism & Dyslexia Project funded by the Ellison Medical Foundation. Dr Sabuncu receives support from a KL2 Medical Research Investigator Training grant awarded via Harvard Catalyst, The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center (NIH grant 1KL2RR025757-01 and financial contributions from Harvard University and its affiliated academic health care centers).


Author Contributions: Study concept and design: Sabuncu, Desikan, Liu, Reuter, and Weiner. Acquisition of data: Weiner and Sperling. Analysis and interpretation of data: Sabuncu, Desikan, Sepulcre, Yeo, Schmansky, Buckner, Sperling, and Fischl. Drafting of the manuscript: Sabuncu, Desikan, and Fischl. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Sabuncu, Desikan, Sepulcre, Yeo, Liu, Schmansky, Reuter, Weiner, Buckner, Sperling, and Fischl. Statistical analysis: Sabuncu, Yeo, Buckner, and Fischl. Obtained funding: Sabuncu, Weiner, and Fischl. Administrative, technical, and material support: Sabuncu, Liu, Schmansky, Reuter, Weiner, and Fischl. Study supervision: Desikan, Buckner, Sperling, and Fischl.

Financial Disclosure: Dr Weiner has served on scientific advisory boards for CoMentis Inc, Neurochem International Limited, Elan and Wyeth Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program (North America), Novartis International AG, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, Eli Lilly and Company, Araclon Biotech, Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades, Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses, Biogen Idec, Pfizer Global Research & Development, Forest Laboratories Inc, Medivation Inc, Bayer Schering-Plough Corporation, Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc, Ipsen Group, Daiichi Sankyo Inc, AstraZeneca AB, TauRx Therapeutics Ltd, Bayer Healthcare, Exonhit Therapeutics SA, Servier Laboratories, and SYNARC Inc. He has received funding for travel from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc; GE Healthcare Japan; the Research Association for Biotechnology; Pfizer Global Research & Development; Forest Laboratories Inc; Alliance Médicale et Scientifique; the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Bayer Healthcare; The Johns Hopkins University; the Alzheimer’s Association; the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center; the University of Pittsburgh; the Neuroscience Early Stage Research Training Program; the Rotman Research Institute; the Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders; Mount Sinai Medical Center; the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers; the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University; the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research; Elan and Wyeth Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program (North America); Forest Laboratories Inc; the University of California, Davis; Tel Aviv University Medical School; Colloquium Paris; Ipsen Group; the Wenner-Gren Foundation; the US Social Security Administration; the Korean Neurological Association; the NIH; Washington University in St Louis; Banner Alzheimer’s Institute; Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease; the Veterans Affairs Central Office; the Beijing Institute of Geriatrics; Innogenetics NV; New York University; NeuroVigil Inc; Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire–Hôpital Roger Salengro; Siemens AG; AstraZeneca AB; Geneva University Hospitals; Eli Lilly and Company; Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière (Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris); Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades; the University of New Mexico School of Medicine; and Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease. He has served on the editorial board for Alzheimer’s & Dementia, has received honoraria from GE Healthcare Japan, Research Association for Biotechnology, The Johns Hopkins University, the Rotman Research Institute, the American Academy of Neurology, Ipsen Group, NeuroVigil Inc, and Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades; has received commercial entities research support from Merck & Co Inc and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc; has received government entities research support from the NIH, the US Department of Defense, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs; and has stock options in SYNARC Inc and Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Additional Contributions: Data used in the preparation of this article were obtained from the ADNI database ( As such, the investigators within the ADNI contributed to the design and implementation of the ADNI and/or provided data but did not participate in the analysis or writing of this report.

Group Information: A list of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative members appears at


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