The Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center brings together an energetic team of creative clinicians and researchers dedicated to the investigation and treatment of early onset neurodegenerative conditions.
Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) refers to a family of disorders characterized by the progressive loss of neurons (brain cells) in the frontal and temporal regions of the brain.
The Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center learns a great deal about Frontotemporal degeneration by studying patients who have been diagnosed with a Frontotemporal degeneration spectrum disorder.
The Penn FTD Center offers a unique diversity of clinical and research expertise that spans many levels of neuroscience ranging from detailed clinico-pathological studies, biomarker discovery, genetics, neuropsychological studies, functional and structural neuroimaging, and cognitive neuroscience investigations of language, memory, and social cognition.
Penn FTD Center In the News
The 2015 FTD Caregiver Conference was held on Friday, July 24th at the University of Pennsylvania. Over 230 people registered for the conference, including individuals diagnosed with a frontotemporal lobar degeneration spectrum disorder, FTD caregivers, friends and family members, health care professionals, research professionals and students. Attendees traveled from fourteen different states as well as Spain to attend. Representatives were on hand from The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration, Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley Chapter, Penn’s Institute on Aging, CurePSP, the ALS Association, Penn Home Care & Hospice, the Philadelphia Corporation of Aging, the Main Line Art Center and ARTZ Philadelphia. The day’s dynamic speakers included Penn's own Murray Grossman, MD, Director of the Penn FTD Center, Colin Quinn, MD, H. Branch Coslett, MD, David Irwin, MD, Corey McMillan, PhD, Amy Price, BS, Beth Wood, MS, LCGC, Brianna Morgan, BSN, RN and Lauren Massimo, PhD, CRNP. Our outstanding community speakers included attorney Paul Feldman, Esquire, Mathew Sharp, MSS of the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD), Claire Day of the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter and the day's fabulous Keynote speakers Sandy Karger, MS and Jamie Arking, PhD, MBA. Videotape of this year’s conference are available at: http://ftd.med.upenn.edu/secondary/media-library
Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center Researchers
The research expertise at the Penn FTD Center spans many levels of neuroscience ranging from detailed clinico-pathological studies, biomarker discovery, genetics, neuropsychological studies, functional and structural neuroimaging, and cognitive neuroscience investigations of language, memory, and social cognition.
Recent Center publications have spanned such topics as white matter imaging in tauopathy forms of FTD, ALS genetic markers, and criteria for the diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia and behavioral variant FTD.
The Penn FTD Center provides an excellent training environment for undergraduate students, graduate students, clinical fellows, and research fellows to facilitate the education of the next generation of world-leading Frontotemporal degeneration experts.