FRONTIER - Frontotemporal Dementia
 

The FRONTIER Research Group, established in 2007, is the largest specialist fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) clinic in Australia. We specialise in the diagnosis, prognosis, and care of people with FTD and related conditions. Our clinic is located at the Brain and Mind Centre in the University of Sydney and is integrated with the ForeFront collaborative research network.

We work with patients with FTD and Alzheimer's disease, as well as related diseases, including corticobasal syndrome and progressive supranuclear palsy. We also aim to assist carers through all stages of their journey through education, psychosocial support, and referral to specialist services. You can find more information about our work, including detailed information on the FTD syndromes and resources for carers, on our website.

Our work is supported by the government through the National Health and Medical Research Council, university funding, and community donations.

Meet our Research Group

Professor Olivier Piguet

Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, USyd

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Cognitive Neuroscientist
  • Neuroimaging

Professor John Hodges

Honorary Professor, USyd

  • Neuropsychology
  • Behavioural Neurology
  • Dementia

Dr Fiona Kumfor

Senior Research, Clinical Neuropsychologist, USyd

  • Neuropsychologist
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neurophysiology

Associate Professor Rebekah Ahmed

NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Director of Memory and Cognition Clinic, Usyd and RPAH

  • Dementia
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Physiology

Associate Professor James Burrell

Clinical Associate Professor, Young Onset Dementia Clinic Director, Concord

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Cognitive Neuroscientist
  • Neuroimaging Analyst

Dr Ramon Landin-Romero

Senior Research Fellow, BMC; Senior Lecturer, USyd

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Cognitive Neuroscientist
  • Neuroimaging Analyst

Dr Stephanie Wong

Honorary Research Fellow, USyd

  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging

David Foxe

PhD Student

Improving the diagnostic accuracy of primary progressive aphasia using cognitive tests 

Supervisors: Prof. Olivier Piguet and Prof. Muireann Irish

Years: 2018-2021

Jessica Hazelton

PhD Student

The role of interoceptive processes in frontotemporal dementia

Supervisors: A/Prof. Fiona Kumfor and Prof. Olivier Piguet

Years:

Mengjie Huang

PhD Student

Amygdala integrity in frontotemporal dementia

Supervisors: Prof. Olivier Piguet and Dr Ramon Landin-Romero

Years: 2021-24

Yun Hwang

PhD Student

FuTONS: FrontoTemporal dementia – Observational Notes on Sleep

Supervisors: Prof. James Burrell, Prof. Olivier Piguet and Prof. John Hodges

Years:

Andi Musrah

PhD Student

Computational Architecture of Emotion Processing in Younger Onset Dementia

Supervisors: Prof. Olivier Piguet and Prof. Muireann Irish

Years:

Nikki-Anne Wilson

PhD Student

The Mental Stage: Exploring the Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Envisaged Scenes and Social Perception in Neurodegenerative Disorders

Supervisors: Prof. Olivier Piguet and Associate Prof. Fiona Kumfor

Years:

Grace Wei

PhD Student

Neurorehabilitation and Interventions for Social Cognition in Frontotemporal Dementia

Supervisors: Prof. Fiona Kumfor, Prof. Olivier Piguet, Prof. Kirrie Ballard

Years: 2020-23