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2021 Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders (GBHI)

LimaFTD Network: improving diagnosis of FTD in underserved settings

Sheila Castro-Suarez, M.D.
Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurológicas
Lima, Peru

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) refers to a group of degenerative diseases characterized by its progressive nerve cell loss in the brain’s frontal lobes (areas behind your forehead) or temporal lobes (regions behind your ears). Due to a lack of dementia awareness in low and middle-income countries, early detection and diagnosis of FTD can be challenging. In this study, Dr. Castro-Suarez will implement a clinical and research network for FTD called the “the LimaFTD Network” to improve the detection and diagnosis of FTD in Peru. Dr. Castro-Suarez will coordinate closely with trained multidisciplinary medical teams located within four main hospitals in Lima and Callao. All study participants will undergo cognitive evaluations and brain scans. In addition, Dr. Castro-Suarez will use surveys and qualitative interviews with participants which will be analyzed to study the potential association of sociocultural factors on FTD. If successful, the LimaFTD Network may improve the early detection of individuals with FTD in Peru and may be scalable to other countries worldwide.

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