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  • Spring 2018: Welcome to Calaya Byrd, our new MGH FTD Unit Patient Services Coordinator! Calaya is our front-line team member who schedules appointments and coordinates other activities in our clinic. We will miss Nordia McBean who moved on to another position; thank you for your outstanding contributions, Nordia!
  • Fall 2017: Congratulations to Katie Brandt who was selected for membership on the national Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services. Read more about it here. We are all very proud of this important accomplishment! Katie is joined on the committee by Dr. Brad Hyman, director of our Alzheimer's Center.
  • August 2017: We said a fond farewell to behavioral neurology fellow Dr. Saurabh Sharma and a warm welcome to behavioral neurology fellow Dr. Shan Siddiqi.
  • July 2017: Members of the MGH FTD Unit presented new research and the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.
  • April 2017: Thank you to everyone who made our 6th annual FTD Unit Caregiver Education Day on April 7 2017 such a success! Read more here about our 6th FTD and Related Disorders Education day here.
  • October 21, 2016: Thank you to our gala planning committee, staff and volunteer team, attendees, and everyone who contributed in so many ways to make this evening a tremendous success! Read more here about our second annual MGH FTD Unit gala.
  • Fall 2016: Megan Quimby and Katie Brandt presented a summary of our speech-music support group, conducted in partnership with Joyce Shapiro Gordon, MedRhythms team members, and Berkeley Professor Kathleen Howland, at the International Conference on FTD in Munich. Jessica Collins also presented the results of our collaboration with UCSF on the onset and progression of semantic variant PPA
  • Summer 2016: We welcomed Kay Sweeney, Sam Krivensky, and Haroon Popal as new research assistants on our team. We said a fond farewell to Christina Caso and Mike Stepanovic, and to Drs. Joel Salinas and Alessandro Biffi.
  • Spring 2016: We held are 5th FTD Unit Caregiver Education Day with approximately 100 attendees in Waltham MA.
  • Fall-winter 2015: Megan Quimby, Katie Brandt, Joyce Shapiro Gordon--in partnership with MedRhythms Inc and music therapist, speech pathologist, and Berkeley Professor Kathleen Howland--ran our second highly successful PPA support group over a series of weekly sessions.
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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), FTD-ALS, 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.

    We also conduct the MGH FTD Family Study focusing on symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in families in which FTD affects more than one member.

    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.

    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 Raseeka Premchander). Contact for more information about the monthly Boston-area FTD caregiver support group meeting.

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    We are delighted to welcome Dr. Helen Kales as the keynote speaker for our 2018 FTD Unit Education Day. Please join us at our 7th annual FTD Unit Education Day on April 6 in Waltham. You may also click on this link to make an online donation to support our program.

    70th American Academy of Neurology Meeting
    Los Angeles, CA
    April 21-28, 2018
    Dr. Dickerson and team will present new research and teach courses on PPA, FTD and Alzheimer Dementias.

    Harvard's 22nd Annual Dementia Course
    May 30 - June 2, 2018
    Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Atri will co-direct the 22nd annual Harvard Dementia Course for health care professionals, and are delighted to welcome luminaries in the FTD field to our program, including Drs. Sandy Weintraub, Marsel Mesulam, and Bruce Miller.

    11th International Conference on FTD Sydney, Australia
    November 11-14, 2018