As AFTD’s Hope Rising event, taking place on Thursday, September 29th, draws closer, it is gaining momentum in the media. Coverage can be found here:
Kelli O’Hara Performs at inaugural Hope Rising Benefit on BROADWAYWORLD.COM
AFTD volunteer and donor, Donald Newhouse and AFTD’s Medical Advisory member Ted Huey were featured on NBC’s TODAY SHOW to kick-off World Awareness Week. Don Newhouse, president of Advanced Publications, lost his wife, Suzi, to FTD, and his brother, Si, was recently diagnosed as well. Newhouse shares his story with TODAY’s Matt Lauer, and Dr. Ted Huey explains that while Alzheimer’s disease affects the elderly, FTD typically manifests between ages 55 and 65. Watch the full interview here.
In the last 10 years, the science of frontotemporal dementias has exploded, thanks to big openings in the molecular pathologies behind these disorders. Rapidly growing interest among academia and industry was on display at the 10th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias, held August 31 to September 2 in Munich. While the presentations spanned the range of basic to clinical science, there was a dominant theme: a collective push toward trials. Read the entire article here.
The comedy genius behind Monty Python, Terry Jones, has been diagnosed with PPA. The news came as Bafta Cymru announced he had been given a special award for outstanding contribution to film and television. A representative for the writer and director explained that Terry has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a variant of frontotemporal dementia that affects language, and won’t be able to give interviews. Read the entire article here.
From The Washington Post… FTD has claimed yet another creative life. Curtis Hanson, Oscar-winning director of “L.A. Confidential” and “8-Mile,” passed away at 71 from FTD in his Los Angeles home. Read more here: http://wapo.st/2d3UtWf