Early career researchers in FTD

This page aims at featuring our early careers researchers. Please feel free to browse through their pages. They all answered several questions regarding their career path and interests or click on any picture to get to know them better.

Dr Indira Garcia Cordero

Position: Postdoctoral researcher

Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto

Biomarkers, atrophy, functional connectivity, cognition, pathology

Dr Shelley Forrest

Scientific Associate

University of Toronto

Neuropathology, tau, neurons and glial cells, clinicopathological correlations.

Dr Michèle Masson-Trottier

Position: Postdoctoral research fellow

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Speech language pathology, primary progressive aphasia, language, non-invasive brain stimulation

Dr Elise Dopper


Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam


Dr Elise Marsan

Position: Assistant Professor/Tenure-track Investigator


AD, FTD, LATE, TDP43, neurodegeneration, glia, omics, organoids

Dr Martina Bocchetta

Position: Lecturer
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Brunel University London
University College London (UK)

Neuroimaging, biomarkers, MRI, neuroanatomy, progression, presymptomatic stages

Dr Mica Clarke

Position: Postdoctoral research fellow

University College London

Neuroimaging, PET, MRI, Biomarkers

Enrico Premi, MD

Position: Neurologist

Stroke Unit, ASST Spedali Civili, Brescia, Italy

Neuroimaging, frontotemporal dementia

Edoardo Gioele Spinelli

Position: Assistant Professor

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

MRI, neuroimaging, ALS, FTD

Daniel Ohm, PhD

Position: Research Associate

University of Pennsylvania

Neuropathology, neuroanatomy, cytoarchitecture, selective vulnerability, neurodegeneration, clinicoanatomical correlations

Dr. Qihui Zhou

Position: Group Leader

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

ALS/FTD, Neuroinflammation, Adaptive Immunity

Dr William Scotton

Position: Consultant Neurologist

University College London

Genetics, disease progression, biomarkers

Dr. Adolfo M. García

Position: Director

Cognitive Neuroscience Center, UdeSA, Argentina

Speech, language, neurodegeneration, digital markers, cross-linguistic studies, MRI, fMRI, EEG

Dr Lauren Gittings

Position: Research Assistant Professor

Barrow Neurological Institute

C9orf72, FTD, ALS, iPSC, Cryptic Exons

Dr. Tomas Leon

Position: Psychiatrist 

Hospital del Salvador, Chile

BPSD, dementia training, dementia awareness 

Sergi Borrego Écija, PhD

Position: Postdoc researcher

Hospital Clinic Barcelona

GENFI, neuropathology, genetics, clinical trials

Dr. Chris Hardy

Position: Senior Research Fellow

University College London

Primary progressive aphasia, auditory cognition, hearing, dementia

Yuto Satake, PhD

Position: Appointed Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry, Osaka University

Neuropsychiatric symptoms

Stephanie Grasso, PhD, CCC-SLP

Position: Assistant Professor

University of Texas at Austin

Bilingualism, multilingualism, speech-language intervention, cognitive reserve

Cristiano Schaffer Aguzzoli, PhD

Position: Research Associate 

Brain Institute of Rio Grande do Sul (BraIns)

Very early-onset FTD, neuropsychiatric symptoms

Dr. Sheila Castro Suarez, MD

Position: Neurologist

Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas, Lima, Peru

Frontotemporal dementia, behavioural variant of FTD

Lydia Velzian

Position: PhD Student

University of Auckland

Blood biomarkers, miRNA, protein, extra-cellular vesicles, pre-symptomatic FTD, genetic FTD, MAPT mutation

Dr. Maria Mallia

Position: Consultant Neurologist

Mater Dei Hospital Malta

Clinical research

Dr Lucy Chisman-Russell

Position: Research Fellow

University College London

Cognition, Neuropsychology, Digital Biomarkers, Disease Progression, Clinical