How A Film Editor for Your Genes Contributes to Dementia

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tens of thousands of Americans suffer from an illness called frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which slowly destroys the brain. There is no effective treatment for FTD and creating therapies for it is difficult because the disease’s underlying cause can differ between patients. Sahba Seddighi, a graduate student in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health, is helping to solve that problem by developing ways for researchers to figure out the specific drivers of the disease in individual patients. Her work has the potential to revolutionize the way scientists test treatments for FTD and other brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and ALS.