Penny Dacks, Ph.D.
Penny Dacks, Ph.D. is Senior Director of Scientific Initiatives at AFTD where she leads strategy for research initiatives to fund research, recruit and retain talent, advance collaboration, and engage the community with lived experience. On behalf of AFTD, she serves as President of the FTD Disorders Registry LLC, responsible for partnerships and sustainability of this organization affiliate. Previously, she worked at the American Epilepsy Society, overseeing mission-related programs in research, medical education, and clinical activities, and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, leading development of CognitiveVitality.org and the Aging & Alzheimer’s Prevention Program to source and evaluate potential therapies. She trained in neuroscience with a PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona and the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai.