AMYPAD - Amyloid imaging to prevent Alzheimer's Disease

IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) - public-private partnership between the EU and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Amyloid Imaging to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease (AMYPAD) aims to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's through the use of a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan of the brain.

AMYPAD is a European collaboration to improve the knowledge, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's by using a Positron Emission Tomography (PET). It is made up of 15 European institutions, including research centers, pharmaceutical laboratories and patient associations.

The project consists of three studies:

  • Diagnostic value: First, the project aims at better understanding the impact of the utilization of amyloid PET imaging on diagnostic thinking and patient management.
    AMYPAD will scan a large population cohort (n=900) suspected of possible Alzheimer’s disease, focusing on those with subjective cognitive decline (SCD), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and atypical/unexplained dementia, to determine the usefulness of ß-amyloid imaging regarding diagnostic confidence, decision trees, change in diagnosis, and patient management plans. The primary objective is to measure the impact on patient management of early versus late utilization of amyloid PET imaging.
  • Prognostic study: Second, the project wants to follow up and understand the natural history of Alzheimer’s disease ranging from cognitively normal, through subjective cognitive decline towards mild cognitive impairment in order to define the optimal window of opportunity for secondary prevention of Alzheimer’s disease through ß-amyloid PET imaging. To better understand the natural history of ß-amyloid pathophysiology, AMYPAD will leverage several Europe-wide networks in close collaboration with ongoing cohorts such as EPAD to study the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease in a longitudinal and multi-modal fashion.
  • Proof of concept studies: Finally, AMYPAD will select people for treatment trials aiming at preventing Alzheimer’s disease by ensuring more homogeneous and appropriate enrolment. The combined populations will be followed clinically and in up to 50% with longitudinal ß-amyloid imaging (focusing on those with borderline positive scans) to improve understanding of disease pathophysiology and establish relevant pre-trial information that will facilitate clinical trial inclusion, reduce required sample size and improve statistical power of the (imaging-related) outcomes. The ultimate goal is to establish predictors of decline to help in the planning and monitoring of treatment.

The project will involve 3,100 people from all over Europe and 6,000 amyloid PET will be made. 

Led by VU University Medical Center Amsterdam , the AMYPAD consortium brings together a word-class team of highly synergistic partners from across Europe to form a pan- European network including the most active PET sites. This will ensure effective access to patients and also maximise exposure to technical knowledge and disease modelling.

In addition, AMYPAD will address the above goals in close collaboration with IMI project EPAD (the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease project) in a public-private initiative. 

AMYPAD has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint undertaking under grant agreement No 115952. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA. 

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IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) - public-private partnership between the EU and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)



Project leader at Fundació ACE

Dr. Mercè Boada, Founding member and Chief Medical Officer


  1. AMYPAD Consortium: 
    VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, The University of Edinburgh, Barcelona Beta Brain Research Center (BBRC), University of Geneva, Karolinska Institutet, IXICO Technologies Ltd, Hôpitaux de Toulouse, University College London, Alzheimer Europe, Synapse Research Management Partners S.L, University of Cologne, GE Healthcare Worldwide, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, Life Molecular Imaging and Radboud University Medical Center.
  2. Participating sites: AMYPAD Diagnostic (DPMS) and Prognostic (PNHS) Studies
    University of Geneva, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, Barcelona Beta Brain Research Center (BBRC), Hôpitaux de Toulouse, University College London, University of Cologne, Karolinska Institutet, The University of Edinburgh, Lausanne University Hospital, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Montpellier, NHS Tayside, Hôpitaux Universitaires Pitié Salpêtrière, UZ Leuven, Hôpital Lariboisière (Paris Nord), CHU Nantes, Fundación CITA Alzheimer, Fundació ACE Barcelona, CHU Lille, University of Gothenburg y UC Louvain.

Links of interest

Scientific publications

The Rationale Behind the New Alzheimer’s Disease Conceptualization: Lessons Learned During the Last Decades. 
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 13 March 2018. doi:
Molinuevo José Luis, Minguillon Carolina, Rami Lorenac, Gispert Juan Domingo.

The characterization of subjective cognitive decline. 
The Lancet Neurology, January 2020. doi:
Frank Jessen, Rebecca E Amariglio, Rachel F Buckley, Wiesje M van der Flier, Ying Han, José Luis Molinuevo, Laura Rabin, Dorene M Rentz, Octavio Rodriguez-Gomez, Andrew J Saykin, Sietske A M Sikkes, Colette M Smart, Steffen Wolfsgruber, Michael Wagner.

Quantitative amyloid PET in Alzheimer's disease: the AMYPAD prognostic and natural history study. 
Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 12 April 2020. doi:
Isadora Lopes Alves, Lyduine E. Collij, Daniele Altomare, ..., José Luis Molinuevo, the AMYPAD Consortium.

Clinical Effect of Early vs Late Amyloid Positron Emission Tomography in Memory Clinic Patients. The AMYPAD-DPMS Randomized Clinical Trial
JAMA Neurology. May 8, 2023. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2023.0997
Daniele Altomare, Frederik Barkhof, Camilla Caprioglio, Lyduine E Collij, Philip Scheltens, Isadora Lopes Alves, Femke Bouwman, Johannes Berkhof, Ingrid S. van Maurik, Valentina Garibotto, Christian Moro, Julien Delrieu, Pierre Payoux, Laure Saint-Aubert, Anne Hitzel, Luis Molinuevo, Oriol Grau-Rivera, Juan Domingo Gispert, Alexander Drzezga, Frank Jessen, Philip Zeyen, Agneta Nordberg, Irina Savitcheva, Vesna Jelic, Zuzana Walker, Paul Edison, François Demonet, Rossella Gismondi, Gill Farrar, Andrew W. Stephens, Giovanni B. Frisoni; for the Amyloid Imaging to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease (AMYPAD) Consortium.

The amyloid imaging for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease consortium: A European collaboration with global impact
Frontiers. Volume 13 - 2022. 20 January 2023 doi: 10.3389/fneur.2022.1063598
Lyduine E Collij, Gill Farrar, David Valléz García, Ilona Bader, Mahnaz Shekari, Luigi Lorenzini, Hugh Pemberton, Daniele Altomare, Sandra Pla, Mery Loor, Pawel Markiewicz, Maqsood Yaqub, Christopher Buckley, Giovanni B Frisoni, Agneta Nordberg, Pierre Payoux, Andrew Stephens, Rosssella Gismondi, Pieter Jelle Visser, Lisa Ford, Mark Schmidt, Cindy Birck, Jean Georges, Anja Mett, Zuzana Walker, Mercè Boada, Alexander Dzezga, Rik Vandenberghe, Bernard Hanseeuw, Frank Jessen, Michael Schöll, Craig Ritchie, Isadora Lopes Alves, Juan Domingo Gispert, Frederik Barkhof.

Investigating reliable amyloid accumulation in Centiloids: Results from the AMYPAD Prognostic and Natural History Study
Alzheimer's & Dementia. 04 April 2024
Mercè Boada, Marta Marquié, et al.