1.5 CE Credits
Bruce L. Miller, M.D.
Director, Memory and Aging Center
University of California San Francisco
In this 90-minute presentation, Dr. Bruce Miller, director of the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, will introduce the clinical syndromes of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and discuss why it is such a highly prevalent and diagnosable disorder. He will detail the different cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with FTD and relate them to the underlying networks and disease pathology. He will present the neuropsychological profile and testing approach for evaluating patients with FTD. He will provide a detailed look at reward, crime and emotion in patients with FTD, and how they differ from patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative and non-degenerative disorders. He will also describe the current symptomatic treatments and investigative directions for potentially disease-modifying therapies that are likely to emerge in the coming decade.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Explain how frontotemporal dementia is evaluated in the clinic.
- Describe the basic biology of frontotemporal dementia, including genetics and pathology.
- Discuss the latest research into therapies for frontotemporal dementia.
Target Audience: This webinar is targeted for an audience of professional neuropsychologists who may or may not work in aging and neurodegenerative disease.
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Instructional Level: This webinar will present predominantly advanced data and information for health care providers with some intermediate material.
Bruce L. Miller, M.D. holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He directs the busy UCSF dementia center where patients in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond receive comprehensive clinical evaluations. His goal is the delivery of model care to all of the patients who enter the clinical and research programs at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center MAC).
Dr. Miller is a behavioral neurologist focused on dementia with special interests in brain and behavior relationships as well as the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease. His work in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) emphasizes both the behavioral and emotional deficits that characterize these patients, while simultaneously noting the visual creativity that can emerge in the setting of FTD. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and program project on FTD called Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. He oversees a healthy aging program, which includes an artist-in-residence program. He helps lead two philanthropy-funded research consortia, the Tau Consortium and the Consortium for Frontotemporal Research, focused on developing treatments for tau and progranulin disorders, respectively. Additionally, he is a director for the Global Brain Health Institute, which works to reduce the scale and impact of dementia around the world by training and supporting a new generation of leaders to translate research evidence into effective policy and practice. Dr. Miller teaches extensively, runs the Behavioral Neurology Fellowship at UCSF, and oversees visits of more than 50 foreign scholars every year.
Dr. Miller has received many awards, including the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology, the Raymond Adams Award from the American Neurological Association, the Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging from the National Center for Creative Aging, the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award and the Wallace Wilson Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Miller is the current President of the International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias (ISFTD), and in 2016, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He has authored The Human Frontal Lobes, The Behavioral Neurology of Neurology, Frontotemporal Dementia and over 700 other publications regarding dementia. He has been featured in Fortune magazine and the New York Times, as well as on Charlie Rose, PBS NewsHour and other media. For more than three decades, Dr. Miller has been the scientific director for the philanthropic organization The John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that funds basic science research in Alzheimer’s disease.