Advancing our Understanding Familial FTD
Some forms of Frontotemporal dementia are inherited within families. For nearly 15 years, we have been conducting studies with people in families in which FTD is inherited. Some of these studies have helped us understand more about the genetic abnormalities that can lead to some types of FTD. Other studies are aiming to detect abnormalities in the brain prior to development of symptoms. Other studies are measuring a person’s understanding and appreciation of these conditions for which they are at elevated risk; this type of work helps us educate people about these conditions in the best ways possible, and advise them about whether or not they may want to learn their own genetic status. Ultimately, we hope that this research enables us and our colleagues to develop treatments that can be given to people before they develop symptoms in order to delay symptoms and extend high quality life.
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