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
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.