Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research

The Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) at the University of Pennsylvania brings together researchers investigating the causes and mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases that occur more frequently with advancing age. Diseases being studied include:
• Alzheimer's disease (AD)
• Parkinson's disease (PD)
• other Lewy Body Disorders (LBD)
• Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTD)
• Frontotemporal Disease with Parkinsonism (FTDP-17)
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)
• other Motor Neuron Diseases

Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, MBA, and John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, founded and co-directed CNDR until 2002 when Dr. Lee assumed the role of Director, with Dr. Trojanowski as Co-Director. Together, Drs. Lee and Trojanowski lead a team of over 50 University of Pennsylvania researchers, including Penn undergraduates, School of Medicine graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and research associates, on a variety of projects that are funded by several NIH and foundation grants. With laboratories located on three floors of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's Maloney Building (floors 1, 3 and 6), CNDR is in the heart of Penn's campus. CNDR scientists also collaborate with researchers from Penn and other institutions around the globe to find better ways to diagnose and treat neurodegenerative disorders.