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  • We are particularly grateful to JoAnne Horigan who organized a fundraiser in memory of her sister Diane Carlson. The event, attended by more than 100 people, raised more than $7000. It was a powerful and moving testament to the dedication of this community of individuals who care deeply about each other and about advancing the fight against FTD, Alzheimer's, and related conditions causing dementia. JoAnne has indicated that she is more than happy to discuss how she organized the fundraiser with anyone who may be interested in organizing their own fundraiser for our program. Feel free to contact us for more information at
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We are currently looking for donations to support our Fellowship Training program (to train health care professionals from a variety of backgrounds in FTD and related disorders) and to support our FTD Family Members Study (a study of family members of individuals with FTD).

We accept donations of all kinds, small or large, from individuals, families, groups, foundations, businesses, or a variety of organizations. We are happy to discuss this over the phone or in person. Many individuals have been kind enough to direct donations in memory of loved ones to our program. It is also possible to arrange for planned giving of estates.

Feel free to contact Dr. Dickerson directly to discuss more details. Telephone conversations and in-person meetings can be arranged to discuss the variety of opportunities available.

The following language is language that can be used for donations in memory of patients or family members:

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support Dr. Dickerson's Alzheimer's and Other Dementias Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Checks can be sent to (please place "Dr. Dickerson Dementia Research" on comment line:

MGH Development Office
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114
Donations may also be made online at
In comment line, write:
Direct the donation to Dr. Dickerson's Alzheimer's and Dementia Research Fund

Please contact us with your inquiry by emailing

The MGH FTD Unit aims to develop better knowledge about and diagnosis and treatment of all forms of FTD and related focal dementia syndromes. 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.

Our research is generously funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association, and the private donations of many individuals.

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We believe that by partnering with individuals, families, community organizations, other health care professionals, and scientists, we will be able to work toward improved diagnosis, care, and treatment of FTD and related disorders. Reach out to us--you can join our efforts to help make a difference!