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Some of the diseases that cause dementia have a genetic element. Looking at familial disease dementia is important because those genetically predisposed to dementia can be analysed for indicators that can then be used to improve our understanding of the other forms of the disease.

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This important work brings together several long-term studies (known as 'cohorts') which specialise in the familial disease forms of dementia: the UCL FAD (including DIAN), Familial FTD (including GENFI), HD (Track HD) and new LRKK2 cohorts.