Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) Study Group Workshop: Building an Infrastructure to Support FTLD Therapeutic Development

Earlier this month in Washington, D.C., 95 scientists from 23 companies, 19 academic institutions and two regulatory agencies met with funders, advocates and patients and caregivers. The buzz was all about learning from the mistakes and setbacks of drug development in Alzheimer’s disease and getting a collective act together while the FTD field is still young. On what did the group agree? Basic science and longitudinal human studies are advancing apace, but what the fields needs most urgently now to launch more and good trials is a toolbox of biomarkers to subtype FTD disorders and measure target engagement. For their part, the regulators want creative, rigorous science that tries to couple biomarker change to meaningful outcomes, but assured the scientists that no disease is too rare for them to be keenly interested and approve drugs for it. Read Alzforum’s Gabrielle Strobel’s series.

Part I: Drug Trials in Frontotemporal Dementia: Can Field Push Forward Together?

Part II: WANTED: Biomarkers for Drug Trials in Frontotemporal Dementia

Part III: Regulators Tell Frontotemporal Dementia Community: We Play on Your Team


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