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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?

Click here for a printable PDF on the Conference

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



6th Annual Michael Bratton Golf Tournament Benefitting FTLDA

Become a sponsor of the 6th Annual Michael Bratton Memorial Golf Tournament Benefitting FTLDA and reserve your space on the registration website. You will be recognized for your commitment to help FTLDA END DEMENTIA in the program and in person at the Awards Dinner.

Contact Terri Bratton or Sarah Oxford for Sponsorship details; or Or you may contact FTLDA at 210.824.9510.



South Texas Brain Bee

The Winners 2016 South Texas Brain Bee

The Winners 2016 South Texas Brain Bee

Students from San Antonio, Austin, Houston and the south Texas area come to compete.

Students from San Antonio, Austin, Houston and the south Texas area come to compete.

Winner of the 4th Annual SOUTH TEXAS Brain Bee
January 16, 2016 University of Texas Health Science Center
Rahul Vegiraju, Westwood High School, Austin TX
2nd Place: Glori Das, Keystone School, San Antonio, TX
3rd Place: Deanna Smith, Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, San Antonio, TX

Rahul Vegiraju will compete in the U.S. Brain Bee at the University of Maryland (March 18-20)to represent the U.S. in the International Brain Bee in Copenhagen, Denmark.



The Impact of a Dementia Treatment

By Bruce Miller

     Dementia is a collection of symptoms caused by a number of different disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. The term dementia describes a progressive decline in memory or other cognitive functions that interferes with the ability to perform your usual daily activities (driving, shopping, balancing a checkbook, working, communicating, etc.). One of the major risk factors for developing dementia is age, meaning the older you are, the more likely you are to develop it. Age-related risk applies to many other conditions like heart disease and vascular problems, which means a single person may have two or more concurrent health problems leading to cognitive, behavioral, or motor symptoms. This co-morbidity can make both diagnosis and treatment more complicated.



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