Early Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease Module 1

Sharon Cohen, MD, FRCPC; Marwan N. Sabbagh, MD, FAAN

This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Integritas Communications.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Biogen MA, Inc.


Sharon Cohen, MD, FRCPC
Medical Director, Toronto Memory Program
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Consultant Neurologist, North York General
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Marwan N. Sabbagh, MD, FAAN
Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Camille and Larry Ruvo Endowed Chair for Brain Health
Professor of Neurology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, and other allied health care professionals who treat patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Educational Objective

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Assess patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease using cognitive scales, biomarker imaging, clinical examination, and patient/caregiver interviews

Statement of Need

AD is a common neurodegenerative condition that results in a range of profoundly disabling cognitive, affective, and behavioral symptoms.1 Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) affects a large percentage of preclinical AD patients, and studies have found that 32% to 38% of patients with MCI will develop AD within 5 years.2,3 Early diagnosis, while challenging, is critical to initiate nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapy targeting symptoms of MCI or AD, as well as to allow for long-term planning.4 Guidelines recommend that standardized cognitive tests be applied in addition to patient and caregiver interviews to determine risk for and symptoms of MCI or AD.5 Standard imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and possibly fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET), is useful to rule out causes other than AD, although it is insufficient for diagnosis on its own.6 The diagnosis of AD is rapidly evolving from one of exclusion to one of inclusion by employing established biomarkers – both in cerebrospinal fluid and amyloid or tau PET tracers – to confirm diagnosis. As research continues to evolve and diagnostic capabilities expand, clinicians must remain up to date on new guidelines, technologies, and strategies to identify appropriate patients for further testing. Dr. Cohen and Dr. Sabbagh provide expert insight into risk factors for MCI and AD, symptoms indicative of MCI or AD, neuropsychologic testing, standard imaging, and the evolving future of MCI and AD diagnosis.


  1. Alzheimer’s Association. 2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Accessed April 6, 2021.
  2. Mitchell AJ, Shiri-Feshki M. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2009;119(4):252-265.
  3. Ward A, et al. Dement Geriatr Cogn Dis Extra. 2013;3(1):320-332.
  4. Dubois B, et al. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016;49(3):617-631.
  5. Petersen RC, et al. Neurology. 2018;90(3):126-135.
  6. Femminella GD, et al. Int J Mol Sci. 2018;19(12):3702.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Integritas Communications. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Global designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of Global Education Group and Integritas Communications. Global Education Group is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 110121. This activity is approved for 0.5 contact hour (which includes 0.1 hour of pharmacology).

Term of Offering

This activity was released on April 21, 2021 and is valid for 1 year. Requests for credit must be made no later than April 21, 2022.

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All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

The faculty have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Sharon Cohen, MD, FRCPC: Nothing to disclose

Marwan N. Sabbagh, MD, FAAN Consultant/Independent Contractor: Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Alzheon Inc., Biogen Inc., Cortexyme, Inc., Danone S.A., Neurotrope Biosciences, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Roche-Genentech, Inc., State 2 Innovations; Speakers Bureau: Health and Wellness Partners, LLC, Knapp Healthcare Communications, LLC; Stock Shareholder: Athira Pharma, Brain Health Inc, NeuroReserve Inc., NeuroTau, Inc., Optimal Cognitive Health Company, LLC, uMETHOD Health, Inc., Versanum Inc.

The planners and managers have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies:

Kristin Delisi, NP, Lindsay Borvansky, Andrea Funk, Liddy Knight, Ashley Cann, Gena Dolson, MS, Stacey JP Ullman, MHS

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expiration 04/22/2022