Tests That May Track FTD Symptom Progression Discussed at International FTD Conference


Alzforum’s coverage of the 2021 International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias continues with an overview of the standardized tests that are available for tracking symptoms of FTD. 

In the fourth installment of Alzforum’s series, writer Jessica Shugart summarized FTD researchers’ attempts to develop standardized tests that objectively and comprehensively measure FTD symptoms.   

One promising candidate is multidomain impairment rating (MIR)developed by Bradley Boeve, MD, of the Mayo Clinic (and AFTD’s Medical Advisory Council), along with ALLFTD colleagues, which evaluates for visuospatial skills, parkinsonian symptoms, and motor function.   

Other contenders include the NIH-EXAMINER, which measures working memory, cognitive control, word fluency, and multitasking. Researchers from University of California, San Francisco, led by Adam Staffaroni, PhD, have report that the test determines defects among presymptomatic carriers of mutations linked to FTD. Dr. Staffaroni is a featured speaker at the upcoming AFTD 2021 Education Conference 

The International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias virtually convened the 12th International Conference on FTD March 3-5. Read the full Alzforum article here 

Additional installments in the series can be found here:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

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