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Cognitive and Behavioral Control in FTD

The purpose of this study is to learn more about cognitive and behavioral control in frontotemporal dementia. Participants will take paper and computer-based tests measuring motivation and reaction time.

Summary

  • Study director: Joel Kramer, PsyD
  • Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Recruiting?: Yes
  • Official study title: Cognitive and Behavioral Control in Frontotemporal Dementia

Kristie Wood

Research Coordinator

Kristie Wood graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in cognitive neuroscience. While studying at UC Berkeley, Kristie volunteered as a research associate in the D’Esposito Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, was president of the Cognitive Science Student Association and co-facilitated a course called “Adventures in Neuroscience.” Post-graduation, Kristie worked as a research associate at the Northern California Institute of Research and Education, developing cognitive training tools for veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Kristie joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2011 and currently coordinates both Cognitive and Behavioral Control in Frontotemporal Dementia as well as Domain Specific Tasks of Executive Function.

In her free time, Kristie likes to write fiction and poetry, meditate, paint and run outside.

Alternative Treatments

Practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use health care practices and products that are not considered a part of the conventional medicine practiced by holders of MD (medical doctor), DO (doctor of osteopathy), nursing and therapy degrees. The list of treatments considered CAM evolves regularly as therapies that are proven to be safe and effective in clinical trials become mainstream health care. It is important to remember herbal and alternative treatments may interact with prescribed or non prescription medications, and as with all treatments, possess the potential for side effects.

Using herbal treatments

Herbs are typically used in combination with each other and usually do not have serious side effects when used appropriately at suggested doses. It is not unusual for an individual to use complementary medicine and conventional medicine at the same time.

The risks of herbal treatments

Reducing Cognitive Impairment after Surgery

Older patients with neurodegenerative disease quite often need surgery for reasons unrelated to their cognitive problems. Both the hospital and surgical environments can be challenging for patients, but with some planning, these difficulties can be minimized. The suggestions that follow are not all inclusive, and we suggest discussing suggestions your physician/s may have prior to any surgical procedure.

Older patients with neurodegenerative disease quite often need surgery for reasons unrelated to their cognitive problems. Both the hospital and surgical environments can be challenging for patients, but with some planning, these difficulties can be minimized. The suggestions that follow are not all inclusive, and we suggest discussing suggestions your physician/s may have prior to any surgical procedure.

Medications to Avoid

It is always good try to non-drug interventions before turning to medications but sometimes medications are necessary. Certain types of medications may actually increase confusion, and people with cognitive problems may be particularly sensitive to these effects. In addition, they may interfere with the medications used to treat cognitive problems.

It is always good try to non-drug interventions before turning to medications but sometimes medications are necessary. Certain types of medications may actually increase confusion, and people with cognitive problems may be particularly sensitive to these effects. In addition, they may interfere with the medications used to treat cognitive problems. Below is information about medications to try to avoid if you have cognitive problems.

Anxiety

What medications are commonly used for anxiety?

Raquel Gardner, MD

Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Gardner completed her BA degree in Neuroscience and Behavior at Columbia University in New York. She received her medical degree from Harvard University. She completed her inernship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at UCSF. She then joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2012 where she is a Clinical Instructor and a Behavioral Neurology Fellow. As a neurologist, Dr. Gardner evaluates and treats patients with various neurodegenerative disorders and provides them with follow-up care. Her current research focuses on understanding network degeneration in progressive supranuclear palsy using functional connectivity MRI.

Joy Lee

Clinic Coordinator

Joy Lee is a clinic coordinator for the Memory and Aging Center. She is a certified Phlebotomy Technician (2008), studied medical terminology and is a certified medical biller and coder (2009). She has five years of dental background at the UCSF School of Dentistry and over seven years of experience in administrative and clerical support. She would like to pursue her career in the Memory and Aging Center. And she loves to bake!

Carrie Cheung

Clinic Coordinator

Carrie, a San Francisco native, comes from a sales and public service background with over 10 years of management. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a creative writing degree and a minor in holistic health. She enjoys helping the public, learning new cultures and challenges, and writing about her experiences.

Erica Johnson

Research Associate

Erica Johnson works with Dr. Kate Possin on a study of visual spatial cognition in neurodegenerative disease. She also works on Parkinson's Disease Signature Imaging, funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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