FTD and CTE are very similar in their clinical features and in terms of their risk factors, such as TBI. Both CTE and FTD are known to be associated with tau deposition.

     This conference will bring together world class investigators to discuss this commonality in the areas of Neuropathology, Neuroimaging, Neuroscience and Basic Science and Animal Models and pose questions such as; is CTE a trigger for FTD?

This activity has been approved for a maximum of 9.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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FTLDA Scientific Conference Speakers


Paul Schulz, MD Moderator

Professor, Department of Neurology
Scientific Advisor, FTLDA
Director Neurocognitive Disorders Center McGovern Medical School of UTHealth Houston



Adam Boxer, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Neurology
Director, Neurosciences Clinical Research Unit and the Sandler Neurosciences Center at Mission Bay
University of California, San Fransisco School of Medicine


Matthew Cykowski, MD

Assistant Professor, Neuropathology
Methodist, Houston, Department of Pathology & Genomic Medicine



Bess Frost, PhD

Assistant Professor Cell Systems and Anatomy
UT Health San Antonio
Scientic Advisor, FTLDA
Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies


Bertrand Huber, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor , Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Veterans Affairs, Boston Healthcare System


James Donald Lechleiter, PhD

Professor, Cell Systems and Anatomy
UT Health San Antonio, CSA
Director, Optical Imaging Core
Director, STRF Neuroscience Program, ad interim


Joseph C. Masdeu, MD, PhD

Graham Family Distinguished Endowed Chair in Neurological Sciences
Director, Nantz National Alzheimer Center & Neuroimaging,Houston Methodist Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology
Professor of Neurology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Houston Methodist Hospital, Dept. of Neurology


Summer Ott, PysD

Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, McGovern Medical School at Houston
Director, Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Concussion Program



Daniel Perl, MD

Professor of Pathology (Neuropathology)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
F Edward Hebert School of Medicine
Director, Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative
Medicine Brain Tissue Repository


Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean for Research
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Texas Health Science Center
School of Medicine


Erik Roberson, MD, PhD

University of Alabama, Birmingham
Patsy W. and Charles A. Collat Professor of Neuroscience
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Co-Director, Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics
Co-Director, McKnight Brain Institute


Gary Solomon, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Psychiatry
Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology
Village at Vanderbilt, Neurosurgery Clinic



David A. Wassarman, PhD

Professor, Medical Genetics
Director, Cellular & Molecular Biology
University of Wisconsin



Wai “Ho” H Yu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease
Columbia University Medical Center Neurological Institute




The Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration Association is dedicated to its mission; To raise awareness, educate medical professionals, and advance research of FTD and related neurological disorders.

FTLDA is working toward their mission goals by:

  • * Providing speakers to raise awareness.

  • * Coordinating neuroscientists to participate in Grand Rounds to educate medical professionals.

  • * Facilitating the donation of brain tissue, and essential fluids with families with loved ones with FTD directly to FTD specific laboratories for the advancement of research.


     FTLDA is acting in response to the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Conference: Alzheimer’s Disease- Related Dementias, Research Challenges and Opportunities

     Recommendation: Establish an international network of FTD cohorts and collect clinical, genetic, and biomarker data in a centralized database/coordinating center.  read more

     FTLDA also encourages high school students in San Antonio, Houston and the south Texas region who are interested in neuroscience to participate in the South Texas Brain Bee. The STBB is an official chapter of the International Brain Bee.



UT Health Science Center – President’s Gala 2016

GalainviteOn September 24, 2016 the University of Texas Health Science Center hosted a President’s gala honoring Major General (USA retired) Joe & Patty Robles. Members of FTLDA attended this event and can be seen in the photo below. Left to right: Paul Schulz M.D., Sarah Oxford (executive director FTLDA), Mary Alice and Henry Cisneros (president FTLDA) & Terri Bratton (FTLDA founder).



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