CONFERENCE COVERAGE SERIES

International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias 2010

Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

06 – 10 October 2010

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Long the obscure cousins of Alzheimer's, in fall 2010 the frontotemporal dementias stood in the glare of a large three-day meeting devoted specifically to this particular group of diseases. FTD is an isolating and ruinous progressive illness. Sufferers exhibit a range of disturbing, aberrant behaviors and often reckless financial decisions, all coupled with a puzzling emotional flatness that makes it impossible for them to realize it's actually wrong to cheat on a spouse or spend the family savings. In the wake of some recent genetic and biochemical advances, FTD research is now quickly picking up speed, and a new sense of optimism pervaded the 7th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias. Madolyn Bowman Rogers captured its essence—read her series to learn what FTD is, and how new research is changing its diagnosis, biological understanding, and the search for new treatments.