Principal Investigators

    Masellis, MarioFinger, Elizabeth


    Sunnybrook Research Institute (Toronto, Ontario)

    Contact information of lead PI



    Title of project or programme

    Genetic Frontotemporal Dementia Initiative (GENFI) in Canada

    Source of funding information


    Total sum awarded (Euro)

    € 606,332

    Start date of award


    Total duration of award in years


    The project/programme is most relevant to:

    Alzheimer's disease & other dementias


    Research Abstract

    There have been three major genes discovered that cause familial forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a devastating group of disorders associated with personality and behavioural changes and/or language difficulties in those suffering. The impact to individuals and their families is huge because FTD affects those in the prime of their lives, often between the ages of 45 to 55. The gene abnormality predicts that an individual who harbours it will be at high risk of developing symptoms, but does not predict when this will occur and what features they will have. Therefore, it is critical that studies concentrate on developing powerful markers using brain imaging and genetics that can identify the earliest stages of disease before symptoms develop. It is hoped that novel drugs being developed can be used to eventually prevent the disease from starting in those at risk.

    Lay Summary

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Types: Investments > €500k
Member States: Canada
Diseases: Alzheimer's disease & other dementias
Years: 2016
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