Cognition in ALS and the overlap with frontotemporal dementia (FTD)

Published on June 30, 2016   44 min
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My name is Dr. Thomas Bak and I work at the University of Edinburgh. I would like to speak about cognition in ALS and in particular about the overlap with frontotemporal dementia. Now you might start asking what is cognition in ALS, isn't it referred to as motor neuron disease which per definition should be motor. I hope that by the end of this lecture, I would have convinced you not only that cognition is a very important part for the clinical in vitro of ALS, but that it is an absolutely integral part for our understanding of the disease.
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So to start with the structure of the talk, I will first speak about the history of our discovery of cognitive symptoms in ALS, addressing the question whether this is really a recent discovery or something which in fact can go back much more in time. I will then move to discuss the nature of cognitive deficits, in particular the frontal-executive dysfunction, social cognition behavior, and language. And then I would come to what I think is a central question, why is cognition affected in ALS, and finally, after hopefully convincing you that it's an important part of the disease, I want to speak a little bit about assessment of cognitive symptoms, how can we assess them, how can we really judge whether they're present or not.
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