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A new $5 million pledge by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s Diagnostics Accelerator aims to shed light on frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), the leading type of dementia affecting individuals younger than 60. The Diagnostic Accelerator has matched a $2.5 million investment from the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration for projects that will look for biomarkers for FTD, the discovery of which may contribute to early detection and differentiation of dementia.

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— Kate Jackson, editor
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Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Focuses on Frontotemporal Degeneration

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s (ADDF) Diagnostics Accelerator initiative has announced a new $5 million commitment to projects targeting the development of biomarkers for frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), the most common dementia for people under 60. A new $2.5 million research investment from The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is being matched by a $2.5 million allocation of the ADDF’s Diagnostics Accelerator funds.

The Diagnostics Accelerator was launched in July 2018 through an initial funding commitment from philanthropists Bill Gates, ADDF cofounder Leonard Lauder, and others, including the Dolby family and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, who share their commitment to combating the rising burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Over a three-year period, the collaborative initiative seeks to invest more than $35 million in the development of novel biomarkers for early, effective detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, biomarkers are most often tests of bodily fluids, including blood or cerebral spinal fluid, and neuroimaging scans such as MRI.

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