|Bernardino Ghetti, MD|
Friday, April 20, 2012
The International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias has been founded
The following is an email sent out this week from Bernardino Ghetti, MD, neuropathologist at Indiana University:
In October 2010, I had the distinct privilege to host the 7th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hundreds of you from around the world participated in this exciting meeting.
While the social relevance of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is recognized, we have lacked a scientific international society devoted to the exchange of knowledge on FTD, facilitation of scientific cooperation, promotion of education, and planning of logistics and financial support. As you may remember, the idea of organizing an international scientific society of FTD researchers was launched during the 7th International Conference. This concept obtained an enthusiastic response.
Since that time, many of you have been asking about the status of the society. I am happy to announce that the legal documents have been filed and the International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias has been founded. The current board of directors is composed of the following scientists:
Arne Brun MD, PhD David Knopman MD
Emanuele Buratti PhD Ian Mackenzie MD
Bernardino Ghetti MD Marsel Mesulam MD
Murray Grossman MD Bruce Miller MD
Lars Gustafson MD, PhD Manuela Neumann MD
John Hodges MD, PhD Rosa Rademakers PhD
Andrew Kertesz MD Julie Snowden PhD
John van Swieten MD
There is still work to be done, but the society is taking shape and we are currently looking for funding to support a website. The society will facilitate scientific exchanges between researchers involved in all areas of clinical and basic neuroscience related to frontotemporal dementias and promote scientific discoveries. As we prepare to open the society for membership, our hope is to reach all of you who have been an active part of the progress for the understanding of FTD and the care of people affected by this devastating disease. Our next step is to develop a website and facilitate the application for membership. The membership fee will be $200. Please let us know if you are interested in being a part of the International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias, or would also be interested in serving as part of a committee.
I am truly convinced that this is a necessary step for the advancement of our knowledge of FTD. I look forward to working with you in the future.
Bernardino Ghetti, MD
For the Board of the International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias
The International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org