dementia

World Alzheimer’s Day is a global effort to raise awareness and challenge the stigma around Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Do you know the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia?
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is one of several potential reasons for this decline, among them Frontotemporal Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinsons’s, or Vascular Dementia. Functional brain imaging is a cornerstone for the differentiation between all these different types of dementia and can support patient management as well as the research for potential therapies.
Perfusion imaging with Arterial Spin Labeling MRI has the potential to differentiate between Alzheimer’s and FTD but lacks standardization. In the ASPIRE project we develop an easy-to-use ASL evaluation tool that helps physicians to compare the brain perfusion pattern of a patient to a healthy control group. For more information visit aspire-mri.eu and alz.org.

Working visit at Amsterdam UMC: The partners in the ASPIRE project spent two days at Amsterdam UMC to pave the way for the final year. ASPIRE will ease the access to non-invasiv imaging biomarkers in dementia and help to get ASL into the clinics.