Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease

Innovating with Care

  • Marianne Boenink
  • Harro van Lente
  • Ellen Moors

Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Marianne Boenink, Harro van Lente, Ellen Moors
    Pages 1-17
  3. Biomedical Research on Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnostics: Background and Trends

  4. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease: Current Practices

  5. Alzheimer’s Disease: Multiple Realities and Concerns

  6. Assessing Diagnostic Innovations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Fiona A. Miller, Robin Z. Hayeems, Stuart Hogarth
      Pages 227-244
    3. Marianne Boenink, Harro van Lente, Ellen Moors
      Pages 263-275
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-286

About this book


This book explores international biomedical research and development on the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. It offers timely, multidisciplinary reflections on the social and ethical issues raised by promises of early diagnostics and asks under which conditions emerging diagnostic technologies can be considered a responsible innovation. 

The initial chapters in this edited volume provide an overview and a critical discussion of recent developments in biomedical research on Alzheimer's disease. Subsequent contributions explore the values at stake in current practices of dealing with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, both within and outside the biomedical domain. Novel diagnostic technologies for Alzheimer's disease emerge in a complex and shifting field, full of controversies. Innovating with care requires a precise mapping of how concepts, values and responsibilities are filled in through the confrontation of practices. In doing so, the volume offers a practice-based approach of responsible innovation that is also applicable to other fields of innovation. 


Medical Sociology Health Technology Diagnosis diagnostics responsible innovation biomarkers technology assessment ethics dementia

Editors and affiliations

  • Marianne Boenink
    • 1
  • Harro van Lente
    • 2
  • Ellen Moors
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Twente, The NetherlandsEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversity of Maastricht, The NetherlandsMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Utrecht University, The NetherlandsUtrechtThe Netherlands

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