UCSF News Center: "New Dementia Diagnostic Exams and Gene Findings Bode Well for Treatment"
Dr. Bruce Miller, the director of the UCSF Memory & Aging Center and a LLHF Network Grantee, describes advances in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) research and the ability to diagnose dementia more accurately through improvements in behavioral assessment tools, imaging techniques, and gene testing.
At UCSF the researchers have been studying images of affected and unaffected individuals in order to better diagnose FTD as well as other dementias. FTD seems to follow a distinctive pattern, and researchers are discovering that neurodegeneration in specific areas of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are associated with certain behaviors that accompany the disease.
Another lead neurologist at the Memory & Aging Center, Dr. William Seeley, discusses his research on FTD with the UCSF News Center:
UCSF News Center: "Identity Theft: The Destrucstive Course of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia"
MacArthur Fellow, Dr. William Seeley, a neurologist at UCSF and LLHF Grantee has a unique brain imaging strategy for mapping Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) which is part of the neurodegenerative family of disease. In this article he discusses his mapping technique and the characteristics of bvFTD, which is the leading cause of dementia in people under 65.