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PSP Research May Offer Insights into New Treatments for Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

About 100 times rarer than Parkinson’s, and often mistaken for it, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) afflicts fewer than 20,000 people in the U.S.—and two-thirds do not even know they have it. Yet this little-known brain disorder that killed comic actor Dudley Moore in 2002 is quietly becoming a gateway for research that could lead to powerful therapies for a range of intractable neurodegenerative conditions including Alzheimer’s and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder linked to concussions and head trauma. Read the entire article here.

Partnerships Play a Key Role in the Battle Against Brain Diseases

In a recent article on Huffington Post, written by Dr. Howard Fillit, Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), the importance of partnerships are explained in how they lead to the success of major initiatives such as TreatFTD – a new program designed to find drug treatments for FTD. In testing for FTD therapeutics, treatments could also be discovered for Alzheimer’s, ALS and other related neurodegenerative diseases. Read the entire article here.

Longtime UNC Announcer, Woody Durham, has Been Diagnosed with PPA

Woody Durham, the longtime announcer for Tar Heel basketball and football games, recently shared with his fans that he has diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). “Last winter, I was diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder that affects my language expression,” Durham wrote in explaining why he would no longer do any public speaking. He acknowledged the irony that, having made a 40-year career with his voice, his disease is defined as one that involves a loss of language facility. Read the entire article here.

Two Potamkin Prize Winners — On Finding the Gene for ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia

In this article in Neurology Today, two scientists – Rosa Rademakers, PhD, and Bryan Traynor, MD, PhD – who started their careers studying very different diseases, ended up at the same genetic address and making a discovery that has changed conventional wisdom about two seemingly disparate conditions: frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They discuss their separate efforts and findings here.

How Activity Level May Help People Living With FTD

Featured on BBC Sport, the activity level of people battling dementia is explored. Specifically, the story of Malcolm Watt, a professional tennis player prior to being diagnosed with dementia aged 42, is told. It explains how although he has lost his ability to communicate, he can still play tennis like a pro. Read the entire article here.