Jonathan Rohrer studied medicine at Oxford and UCL qualifying in 2001. He has a PhD in Neuroscience from UCL as well as MAs in Philosophy and Psychology. Currently he works at the Dementia Research Centre at the UCL Institute of Neurology. Dr Rohrer is a Clinical Lecturer and acts as the PI on the Genetic Frontotemporal dementia Initiative (GENFI).
The GENFI is a group of research centres across Europe and Canada with expertise in familial FTD, and is co-ordinated by Professor Martin Rossor and Dr Jonathan Rohrer at University College London. The aim of the study is to understand more about genetic FTD, particularly in those who have mutations in the progranulin (GRN), microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) and chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9ORF72) genes. There are now promising avenues for treatment of these disorders but we still do not know when drugs should be started or how we should measure the response to treatment. The eventual aim will be to use these markers in future clinical trials of drugs in geneticFTD.