The Alzheimer’s Association’s Research Roundtable met in November 2017 to explore the new National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association Research Framework for Alzheimer’s disease. The meeting allowed experts in the field from academia, industry, and government to provide perspectives on the new National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association Research Framework. This review will summarize the “A, T, N System” (Amyloid, Tau, and Neurodegeneration) using biomarkers and how this may be applied to clinical research and drug development. In addition, challenges and barriers to the potential adoption of this new framework will be discussed. Finally, future directions for research will be proposed.