ICFTD 2014: Collaborations Abound at the International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias

First results from the Genetic frontotemporal dementia (FTD) Initiative, and the advance of an HDAC inhibitor drug into Phase 2, made big splashes at the International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias (ICFTD) conference held last month in Vancouver. Five hundred and ninety scientists from 30 countries met to exchange the latest clinical and scientific news on the diseases that make up FTLD. Multi-center cohort studies in Europe and North America reinforced the sense that there is a community spirit that may allow a common approach to how to develop therapies. Frontotemporal lobar degeneration can start in myriad ways—with social disinhibition, overeating, halting speech, or even odd misperceptions of pain or cold—but it always ends in dementia. Attendees said that the FTD field is poised for rapid progress.

Click here to read the full coverage by Alzforum’s Gabrielle Strobel and Jessica Shugart about the latest findings on FTLD proteins, clinical studies, and biomarkers!

Part 1: Vancouver Frontotemporal Dementia Conference Shows Awakening Field

Part 2: First Data from GENFI1: Brain’s Insula Region Shrinks A Decade Before FTD

Part 3: German Network of 700 FTLD Patients Presents Baseline Data

Part 4: Meet the Artful Leftie: NIH Jump-Starts U.S.-Canadian FTLD Cohorts

Part 5: Too Hot, Too Cold, or Just Wrong? Physiology Links Behavior to Circuits in FTD

Part 6: Progranulin-Boosting Drug Moves into Phase 2 for Frontotemporal Dementia

Part 7: Cloak and Dagger Clusters? How C9ORF72 Repeats Kill Is Still a Mystery

Part 8: Stream of Genetics Pushes FTD Research Forward

Part 9: Do MicroRNAs Cause Mayhem Across Frontotemporal Dementia Spectrum? 

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