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.
Dr. David Irwin of the Penn FTD Center discusses how improving the ability to distinguish between FTD subtypes is crucial to both clinical treatment and research
Penn FTD Center In the News
The video Through the Eyes of the Caregiver: Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) and the Penn FTD Center premiered last Friday at the 2017 FTD Caregiver Conference. This important film includes interviews with Dr. Murray Grossman, Dr. David Irwin, Lauren Massimo, PhD, CRNP, Katya Rascovsky, PhD and Corey McMillan, PhD as well as interviews with FTD Caregivers Sandy Karger, Diane Fehon and Jamie Arking. Their stories are incredibly moving and important.
To watch Through the Eyes of the Caregiver, click here.
To learn more about Sandy Karger's story, click here.
To learn more about Diane Fehon's story, click here.
To learn more about Jamie Arking's story, click here.
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.