My book, co-edited with my colleague and friend Dr. Ali Atri, Dementia:
Principles and Practice,
was published by Oxford University Press in August 2014;
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This book features extensive information on FTD and related disorders.
Welcome to the MGH FTD Unit
October 2015: Thank you to Sybil and Kemon Sermos and the other members of our first FTD Unit Gala Fundraising
team for your outstanding efforts to bring our community together to raise money to support more research and care
programs in the MGH FTD Unit!
Fall 2015: Welcome to Nordia McBean, new clinical coordinator for the MGH FTD Unit! Welcome to four new post-docs
who will work on various on research projects.
Annual Congress of the International Psychogeriatric
October 13-16, 2015
Dr. Dickerson gave a keynote lecture on tau PET imaging in neurodegenerative diseases.
Conference on Alzheimer's Disease
In addition to research on Alzheimer's disease, this conference featured a variety of
types of research on FTD and related disorders. Dr. Dickerson, Dr. McGinnis, and Dr. Xia presented our team's
research, including tau PET imaging.
In summer 2015, we were delighted that Katie Brandt joined our team as a Community Resource Specialist after
having worked as a consultant for over a year. We also welcomed three new clinical fellows to the FTD Unit, who will
be assisting Dr. Dickerson and team in our mission to provide the best clinical evaluations and care for our patients.
Click here to read more about our team.
In summer 2015, we said a fond farewell to Dr. Sara Mitchell and
Dr. Abid Qureshi, who graduated from advanced fellowship training and are moving on to new positions. We will miss
of you and look forward to continuing
to work together to try to conquer these diseases.
Harvard's 19th Annual
Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Atri co-directed the 19th annual Harvard Dementia Course
The first issue of our newsletter was published in the fall 2014;
click here to read
In the fall of 2014, we hosted our fourth FTD Caregiver and Family member conference in Waltham, MA. We were
delighted that more than 80 participants joined us for an overview of research and discussion of care issues. Thanks
to our staff and speakers, and to patients and families for making it a memorable day!
We presented new research at the 9th International Conference on FTD in Vancouver, BC.
In summer 2014, we said a fond farewell to Dr. Kimi Domoto-Reilly
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.
We published our new Social Impairment Rating Scale for FTD.
We published and presented new research on a variety of aspects of FTD at multiple conferences
throughout the year.
We participated in the 8th International Conference on FTD in Manchester, England.
to read the front page New York Times article on FTD, May 6 2012
Our colleagues at the Mayo Clinic and UCSF identified a new gene for
FTD and ALS, helping to explain how both conditions can sometimes run in
one family. Estimates suggest that this gene, on chromosome 9, may explain
about 12% of familial FTD and up to 22% of familial ALS. It is not yet
possible to test for this mutation in individuals, but we will update you
with information about this possibility as it develops. Read more MGH
FTD Unit Research Update; click here for slides and to read more about
New diagnostic criteria for PPA were published, providing further details about how to classify PPA into three
We participated in the development and validation of the new international consensus diagnostic criteria for
behavioral variant FTD.
Our new scale for measuring language impairments in primary
progressive aphasia (PPA) was published in 2010 in the
journal Neurology; click here for more information.
We participated in the 2010 International Conference on FTD, hosted by Dr. Ghetti in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Read about our fall 2009 Boston-area FTD Caregiver Educational
Conference here and
schedule here. The turnout of
85 registrants (mostly family member caregivers, also friends, social workers, etc) was excellent and we all
learned tremendously from each other.
PBS Newshour segment on FTD
In November, 2008, PBS aired a Newshour segment on treating dementia.
Featured in this piece are patients, caregivers and experts discussing
frontotemporal dementia. Dr. Bruce Miller of UCSF, among others, are
featured. Click here
for more information.
Click here to read about our new
paper on the "Cortical signature of Alzheimer's disease, published
electronically in July 2008, Cerebral Cortex.
The MGH FTD Unit was officially launched! We participated in the 6th International Conference on FTD, hosted by
Dr. Van Swieten and colleagues in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The MGH Primary Progressive Aphasia program was launched to provide comprehensive clinical services and to
perform research on PPA.
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.