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Understanding Frontotemporal Degeneration

Russell Sawyer, MD

CEC: 1 Clinical Medicine (CM)


Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), also called frontotemporal degeneration, refers to a group of disorders caused by progressive nerve cell loss in the brain's frontal lobes or its temporal lobes. The nerve cell damage caused by frontotemporal dementia leads to loss of function in these brain regions, which variably cause deterioration in behavior, personality and/or difficulty with producing or comprehending language. There are a number of different diseases that cause frontotemporal degenerations.


Attendees will

  1. Understand how dementia, cognitive impairment, behavioral impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and FTD are defined.
  2. Discuss clinical presentations of major types of FTD.
  3. Learn the differences between genetic vs sporadic FTD.
  4. Discuss genetic underpinnings of FTD.


Russell Sawyer

Dr. Russell Sawyer is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He is a board certified neurologist and fellowship trained in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry.

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