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Director of Research, Professor Ralph Martins, AO, appeared on televisions across the country this week, as he discussed the development of a blood test to diagnose Alzheimer's.

Professor Martins, who has been at the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease for the last 40 years, appeared as an expert in the news report.

Professor Martins has been a vocal advocate of the development of a low-cost blood test that will lead to early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Research Australia is working on the development of such a blood test.

The news story appeared on Seven West news, with the story reported by Amber Laidler on February 13, 2024.

Professor Martins said finding out who was going to develop Alzheimer’s disease was a vital step in order to make the diagnosis early – well before symptoms started to show.

“We need to know before the individual begins to have problems with their memory, thinking and behaviour.

“The earlier we know about the possibility of someone getting Alzheimer’s, the earlier we can begin intervention that will be most effective,” Professor Martins said.

He said that Australian researchers, together with researchers throughout the world, had already made many breakthroughs in early diagnosis and prevention.

“And with the advent of disease modifying drugs, we can all look forward to a more promising tomorrow,” he said.

If we work together, we can change the future of Alzheimer’s.