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Distinguished Scientist Lecture September 6, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Frontotemporal Dementia: From Molecule to Syndrome -
Links Between Neurology and Psychiatry

 

 Bruce Miller, MD

   Professor 
   A.W. & Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Chair
  
Department of Neurology
  
University of California, San Francisco

 

 

 

Dr. Miller is Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he holds the A.W. & Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Chair. Dr. Miller directs the busy UCSF dementia center where patients in the San Francisco Bay Area receive comprehensive clinical evaluations. His goal is the delivery of model care to all of the patients who enter the clinical and research programs at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Miller teaches extensively and runs the Behavioral Neurology Fellowship at UCSF. 

A behavioral neurologist focused in dementia with special interests in brain and behavior relationships as well as the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease, Dr. Miller's work in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) emphasizes both the behavioral and emotional deficits that characterize these patients, while simultaneously noting the visual creativity that can emerge in the setting of FTD. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and an NIH-funded program project on FTD called Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. He oversees a healthy aging program supported through the Hellman Center, which includes an artist in residence program. In addition, he helps lead two philanthropy-funded research consortia, the Tau Consortium and Consortium for Frontotemporal Research, focused around developing treatments for tau and progranulin disorders respectively. Also, he has worked with the National Football League to help with the education and assessment of players related to brain health.

In recognition of his work, Dr. Miller has received many awards including the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology, the Raymond Adams Lecture at the American Neurological Association, the Elliot Royer Award from the San Francisco Neurological community, the UCSF Annual Faculty Research Lectureship in Clinical Science, the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award, and the Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging from the National Center for Creative Aging. He has authored The Human Frontal Lobes, The Behavioral Neurology of Dementia and extensive publications regarding dementia. He has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Charlie Rose Show, The PBS NewsHour, The New York Times, and other media. For nearly three decades, Dr. Miller has been the scientific director for the philanthropic organization The John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that funds basic science research in Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the neuropathology and genetics of FTD
  2. Explain how degeneration of specific neuroanatomical systems gives rise to specific behavioral dysfunctions
  3. Be familiar with the diagnostic clues that can be used to distinguish primary psychiatric disorders from neurodegenerative diseases

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

 

For more information on this lecture and other events, please contact Courtney Wallace at wallacecl@upmc.edu.