The challenges of tau imaging

Victor L. Villemagne, Shozo Furumoto, Michelle Fodero-Tavoletti, Ryuichi Harada, Rachel S. Mulligan, Yukitsuka Kudo, Colin L. Masters, Kazuhiko Yanai, Chistopher C. Rowe, Nobuyuki Okamura

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In vivo imaging of tau pathology will provide new insights into tau deposition in the human brain, thus facilitating research into causes, diagnosis and treatment of major dementias, such as Alzheimer's disease, or some variants of frontotemporal lobar degeneration, in which tau plays a role. Tau imaging poses several challenges, some related to the singularities of tau aggregation, and others related to radiotracer design. Several groups around the world are working on the development of imaging agents that will allow the in vivo assessment of tau deposition in aging and in neurodegeneration. Development of a tau imaging tracer will enable researchers to noninvasively examine the degree and extent of tau pathology in the brain, quantify changes in tau deposition over time, evaluate its relation to cognition and assess the efficacy of anti-tau therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-421
Number of pages13
JournalFuture Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • frontotemporal lobar degeneration
  • molecular neuroimaging
  • neurodegeneration
  • radiotracer design
  • tau


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