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Use of newly developed genetic technologies to study frontotemporal dementia

Much of what we understand about FTD is based on work defining the genetic basis of disease.  However, as this recent work shows, sometimes screening the usual suspects is not enough.

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VCP: An energy crisis in FTD?

Mutations in the VCP gene are a rare cause of FTD.  New work from UCL researchers suggests these mutations may lead to cell death by starving cells of the energy they require to function.