The Research Center of Excellence is affiliated with the UNC Memory Disorders Program, based in the department of Neurology. A primary focus of this integrated clinical, research and educational program has been on non-Alzheimer’s dementias, with special emphasis on Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD). Current activities include participating in NIH-funded research studies for LBD and FTD patients, as well as a wide array of investigational therapeutic trials. We are fortunate to have a dedicated LBD caregiver support group as part of our program, as well as an online caregiver group, LBD NC, to provide a support network for LBD caregivers throughout North Carolina.
Clinic name: UNC Hospitals Neurology Clinic
Phone number: 984-974-4401
Website: Department of Neurology
Daniel Kaufer, MD
Dr. Kaufer is a cognitive/behavioral neurologist who has over 25 years of experience with the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD). He is the founding director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program, and has a longstanding interest in LBD, particularly in relation to cholinergic modulation of non-cognitive functions. He has been involved in a number of clinical research studies involving diagnostic neuroimaging and evaluating potential treatments across a broad spectrum of neurocognitive disorders. As a clinical translational researcher, his expertise in assessing and managing neurobehavioral features associated with neurocognitive disorders has focused on developing clinical evaluation tools that can be deployed in research and general practice settings. He has also been heavily involved in educational and training programs targeting primary care physicians.