Calif. Researcher Receives $11 Million Grant to Study Tau-FTD Link

A researcher at the Gladstone Institutes in California has been awarded an $11 million grant by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study the link between tau, a protein that naturally occurs in the human body, and the development of frontotemporal degeneration. Li Gan, PhD, a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, will use the grant to launch a three-part project investigating the ways in which neurons mishandle tau, and whether the resulting neuronal dysfunction may contribute to FTD. Dr. Gan will use stem cells derived from people with FTD to conduct her research.