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Welcome to the MGH FTD Unit

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The staff of the MGH Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit include:

Dr. Brad Dickerson, M.D., Director (Behavioral neurologist)
Daisy Sapolsky, M.S., CCC-SLP, Founding Speech and Language Pathologist (currently on leave)
Diane Lucente, M.S., Senior Genetic Counselor
Dr. Scott McGinnis, M.D., Director of Clinical Trials (Behavioral neurologist)
Dr. Mark Eldaief, M.D. (Behavioral neurologist)
Dr. David Perez, M.D. (Behavioral neurologist)
Dr. Elena Ratti, M.D. (FTD-ALS neurologist)
Megan Quimby, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist
Chenjie Xia, M.D., neurologist, research fellow
Jessica Collins, Ph.D., psychologist, research fellow
Jaya Padmanabhan, M.D., psychiatrist, clinical research fellow
Ryan Darby, M.D., neurologist, clinical research fellow
Alessandro Biffi, M.D., neurologist, clinical research fellow
Joel Salinas, M.D., neurologist, clinical research fellow
Katie Brandt, M.S., community resource specialist
Christina Caso, B.S., clinical research coordinator
Katie Kelly, B.S., clinical research coordinator
Mike Brickhouse, B.S., research technician
Mike Stepanovic, B.S., data analyst
Sara Makaretz, B.S., research technician

Affiliated Faculty
Paige Nalipinski, M.S., CCC-SLP, Senior Speech and Language Pathologist
Dr. Janet Sherman, Ph.D., Director of Neuropsychology
Dr. Cathy Leveroni, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist
Dr. David Caplan, M.D., Ph.D., Behavioral Neurologist and Linguist
Dr. Nikos Makris, M.D., Ph.D., Neuroanatomist
Dr. Stephen Haggarty, Ph.D., Director of Chemical Neurobiology Laboratory
Former members

Dr. Kimiko Domoto-Reilly, M.D., Behavioral Neurologist
Dr. Sara Mitchell, M.D., Behavioral neurologist, Clinical research fellow
Dr. Abid Qureshi, M.D., Behavioral neurologist, Clinical research fellow
Dr. Tamar Gefin, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, Clinical research fellow
Dr. Simon Ducharme, M.D., Neuropsychiatrist, Clinical research fellow
Dr. Mandana Modirrousta, M.D., Neuropsychiatrist, Clinical research fellow
Dr. Belen Pascual, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, Research fellow
Dr. Kristen Lindquist, Ph.D., Psychologist, Research fellow
Alyson Negreira, B.S., Lab manager/research assistant
Akram Bakkour, B.S., Neuroimaging Technologist
Dr. Lucille Pellerin, M.D., Visiting clinical research fellow

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.

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We are an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers who are dedicated to the belief that, through the application of scientific approaches, we will advance our collective understanding of brain function and dysfunction which will ultimately improve our ability to diagnose, monitor, and treat patients with FTD and related disorders.