Important steps have been taken for Alzheimer’s disease in recent years. For example, brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s can now be diagnosed with certainty during life. However, for other diseases, such as vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and fronto-temporal dementia, this is not yet possible. For this reason, Vilans will join researchers from across the Netherlands to improve the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia with a national research project called TAP-dementia.
Timely, Accurate and Personalised
TAP-dementia stands for Timely, Accurate and Personalised Diagnosis of Dementia and aims to improve the diagnostic process for people with dementia. This research project is of great importance to patients and their families, as well as attending physicians. In addition, making the correct diagnosis is the starting point for developing better treatments and drugs in the future. The partners in the research project will develop and evaluate new and existing tests for use in practice. They will do this within five research projects:
TAP-dementia is part of the Dutch National Dementia Strategy and of the Dementia Research Program from The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW).
- The TAP-dementia project
- Cynthia Hofman, senior researcher / knowledge management (Vilans / NGN).
- www.TAP-dementia.nl (in Dutch)