The Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking an individual who will provide clinical and research genetic counseling to patients and family members who are symptomatic or at risk for neurodegenerative diseases, including frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In collaboration with a research team in the Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center (http://ftd.med.upenn.edu) as well as the Penn Comprehensive ALS Clinic and Penn Memory Center, the successful candidate will facilitate several national consortia focused on identifying novel treatments for inherited neurodegenerative conditions and help implement disease-modifying treatment trials. The successful candidate will obtain detailed family histories, evaluate retrospective family pedigrees, maintain the genetic component of our large multidisciplinary database, liaise with local and national geneticists, and present cases to the research team at clinical conferences. The successful candidate will participate in the disclosure of clinical and research genetic testing to symptomatic and at risk individuals using an established procedure, and will support the recruitment of individuals for participation in observational and interventional treatment trials. There are potentially additional opportunities to perform supervised research studies under the guidance of research team members.
Interested candidates should directly contact Dr. Murray Grossman, Director of the Penn FTD Center: email@example.com.
Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from an accredited Genetic Counseling program who is Board Eligible or Board Certified with American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Ideally the candidate will have some experience with neurological conditions, but not required. Experience with Progeny or other genetic software tools is preferred, but not required.
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The Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center brings together an energetic team of creative clinicians and researchers dedicated to the investigation and treatment of early onset neurodegenerative conditions. Our Center members include neurologists, neuropathologists, neuroscientists, geneticists, genetic counselors, neuropsychologists, nurses, social workers, and clinical research coordinators, all targeting a cure for Frontotemporal degeneration .
The Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center also enjoys rich collaborations with colleagues within the University of Pennsylvania such as the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, the Institute on Aging, and the Penn Image Computing and Science Lab. Research partners outside of the University of Pennsylvania include Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, Brandeis University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Mayo Clinic.
Intellectual diversity, creativity and strong collaborative partnerships uniquely position the Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center to deliver the highest quality of care to ...our patients, conduct translational research to improve diagnostic and prognostic accuracy, improve understanding of the biological basis of Frontotemporal degeneration spectrum disorders, and train the next generation of physicians and researchers as we move toward a cure.