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  • The first issue of our newsletter was published in the fall 2014; click here to read it.

  • In June 2014, we said a fond farewell to Dr. Kimi Domoto-Reilly and Dr. Simon Ducharme. Dr. Domoto-Reilly is moving to University of Washington Seattle to start her own program on FTD and early-onset/atypical dementias. She worked with us for 6 years and we will sorely miss her! Dr. Ducharme has been with us for 2 years and is moving to the Montreal Neurological Institute to start his own FTD and related disorders program. We will miss both of you and look forward to continuing to work together to try to conquer these diseases.
  • Click here to read the front page New York Times article on FTD, May 6 2012

  • Contact for more information about the monthly Boston-area FTD caregiver support group meeting.
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  • Welcome to the MGH FTD Unit

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    Welcome to the MGH Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit, a comprehensive clinical-research unit focused on Frontotemporal Degeneration and related disorders, including Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Semantic Dementia, Corticobasal Degeneration Syndrome (CBD), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA), and related disorders.

    The MGH FTD Unit aims to develop better knowledge about and diagnosis and treatment of all forms of FTD and related focal dementia syndromes. We provide comprehensive clinical services related to FTD, including diagnostic assessment, second opinions, comprehensive treatment recommendations, education and counseling, and ongoing monitoring. In addition, specialized services are available in partnership with other local providers when relevant, including genetic counseling and testing, neuropsychological assessment, social work services, occupational/speech/physical therapy, neuropsychiatry, sleep, vision, and hearing assessments. We work in close partnership with other clinicians in the area (including Brigham & Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, Jamaica Plain VA Aphasia Research Center, and others). In addition, we work in close partnership with the Association for FTD and the Alzheimer's Association.

    We are happy to discuss specific situations over the phone or by email to determine if a referral is appropriate. Please read our introductory brochure for more information.

    We also perform a variety of research that we hope will contribute to better understanding of these disorders, earlier and more precise diagnosis, better prognostication and monitoring, and ultimately treatment.

    The PPA Program aims to better understand and treat primary progressive aphasia syndromes using existing technologies (including speech therapy) and by developing new diagnostic and treatment technologies. We also provide education and counseling related to PPA. Information for clinicians and researchers on our Progressive Aphasia Severity Scale is available here.

    The PCA Program aims to better understand and treat posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) using existing and new technologies and by developing new diagnostic and treatment techniques. We also provide education and counseling related to PCA.
    We also conduct an FTD Family Study focusing on symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in families in which FTD affects more than one member. If you would like to discuss the possibility of scheduling an evaluation in our clinic with Dr. Dickerson or Dr. Eldaief or Dr. Perez, call 617-726-1728. If you are a patient who has been seen at the MGH FTD Unit and would like information on obtaining medical records, click above on the "clinic" link and/or call 617-726-1728. For medication related information, contact this same number.

    Our research is generously funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute for Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Association for FTD, the Krupp Foundation/Tom Rickles Fund, Tau Consortium, and private donors.

    For further information, contact us at by email at or by telephone at 617-726-5571 (ask for Liz Lynch).

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    Future Events
    67th American Academy of Neurology Meeting
    Washington, DC
    April 18-25, 2015
    Dr. Dickerson and team will present new research on PPA, FTD and Non-Alzheimer Dementias.

    Past Events
    9th Human Amyloid Imaging Meeting and 13th MCI Symposium
    Miami, FL
    January 14-18, 2015
    Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Domoto-Reilly are running a session at the MCI Symposium on FTD and Non-Alzheimer Dementias.

    9th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementia
    Vancouver, BC
    October 23-25, 2014
    Dr. Dickerson and colleagues presented new research on FTD, PPA, and FTD-ALS.

    International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease
    July, 2014
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    In addition to research on Alzheimer's disease, this conference featured a variety of types of research on FTD and related disorders. Dr. Dickerson and Dr. McGinnis presented our team's research, including tau PET imaging and amyloid-negative cognitive impairment.

    Harvard's 18th Annual Dementia Course
    May, 2014
    Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Atri co-directed the 18th annual Harvard Dementia Course for health care professionals.

    Other conferences of interest