HMT and Alzheimer’s Society have partnered to provide funding for a new fronto-temporal dementia research project, which will be conducted at the University College London. The funding will allow the exploration of the behavioural symptoms that are common with fronto-temporal dementia in under 65s.

The Alzheimer’s Society has recently praised actress Julianne Moore for her powerful portrayal of Alice Howland in the film Still Alice. Moore plays a 50-year-old woman who develops early-onset dementia, which could carry a genetic risk to her children.

Jeremy Hughes, the Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, recently commented: “Still Alice does so much to tackle the stigma and shame all too often associated with the condition. Her award-winning performance is incredibly powerful. The prestigious recognition for Julianne’s performance is certainly well deserved, and will help raise awareness and increase the understanding of dementia worldwide.”

We hope the new research project will provide a better understanding of the nature and different expressions of the complex disease, whilst also providing a non-invasive marker for future clinical trials. The project will investigate the imagine and behaviour symptoms in a large group of people with the condition, and will involve the scanning of brains of those dealing with fronto-temporal dementia to assess their symptoms repeatedly as their condition progresses.

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