For Researchers

Today’s research can lead to tomorrow’s breakthroughs. In this section, you’ll learn about research funding opportunities, new AFTD initiatives, and more.

Grants Funded

2019 Pilot Grant Recipient

Nonpharmacological Therapies and Tools

“Improving the ability of family caregivers to care for persons living with frontotemporal dementia through an innovative simulation program”
Linda Wilson, PhD
Drexel University

Funding period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
Amount: $60,000

2019 FTD Biomarkers Initiative Grant Recipients

“Accelerating tau PET imaging through head to head comparison of novel radiotracers”
Tammaryn Lashley, MD, PhD and Kerstin Sander MD
University College London

Funding period: December 14, 2018 – December 13, 2020
Amount: $247,272

“Cryo-electron microscopy of brain-derived TDP-43 filaments to rationally design PET ligands for FTD”
Anthony Fitzpatrick, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center

Funding period: November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019
Amount: $150,000

“Assessing poly(GP) proteins as clinical and pharmacodynamic biomarkers of C9ORF72-associated FTD”
Leonard Petrucelli, PhD
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Funding Period: October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021
Amount: $565,248

“Targeting structural alterations of TDP-43 and other proteins to develop biomarkers for FTLD subtypes”
Magdalini Polymenidou, PhD
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Funding Period: September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2022
Amount: $532,122

2019 AFTD Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipients

Basic Science Fellowship

“A structural approach to rescuing C9orf72 haploinsufficiency in ALS/FTD”
Ming-Yuan Su, PhD
The Regents of the University of California

Funding period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021
Amount: $110,000 USD ($55,000/year)

Clinical Research Fellowship

“Identification of an RNA-based biomarker for FTD”
Oriol Dols Icardo, PhD
Institut de Recerca de l’Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau

Funding period: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021
Amount: $110,000 USD ($55,000/year)

2018 Grants Funded Yearbook

Previous Grant Recipients