FRONTIER is investigating the neurological, psychological and biological basis of brain function in frontotemporal dementia and healthy ageing.


FRONTIER 2015 Newsletter

Read here all the updates and news that has happened through the year here

FRONTIER Executive Screen (FES)

The FES (a short bedside screening instrument to test the integrity of executive function) is now available.

Muireann Irish awarded L'Oreal Women in Science Fellowship - 9 August 2015

Dr Muireann Irish was awarded a L’Oreal-UNESCO Australia & New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowship. Muireann was selected from over 400 candidates. This prestigious fellowship is in recognition for her work on memory and dementia.

More information can be found here: 
and a short video of Muireann speaking about her work is at: 

Award of Dementia Team Grants - 7 August 2015

FRONTIER is part of a successful team that was awarded one of only 6 Dementia Research Team Grants by the National Health & Research Council of Australia. This team, led by Professor Glenda Halliday has received 6.5 million to investigate causes and progression of non-Alzheimer’s disease dementias. Media release

Prof John Hodges receives life achievement award - 19 July 2015

Professor John Hodges was awarded the Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research for his work in cognition in neurodegenerative conditions. He was presented the award at the opening session at the Alzheimer’s Association Conference in Washington DC, USA. Media release

Sicong Tu - PhD student warded prize at INS conference - 2 July 2015

Sicong Tu was award the INS SLC Student Research Award at the INS/ASSBI conference in Sydney for his talk “Orientation dysfunction in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease” read here

Available now – Revised Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) booklet

produced by Alzheimer’s Australia and FRONTIER (see below in FRONTIER Resources for link to download booklet)

Phd Project Opportunities

details here

More News

FRONTIER Communications

Listen to Professor Hodges and Associate Professor Olivier Piguet discussing dementia, corticobasal syndrome and the ACE Mobile


Carers, patients & volunteers

One of the aims of FRONTIER is to provide information and support for patients, carers and their families.

FRONTIER Publications

• Ahmed, R., Latheef, S., Bartley, L., Irish,M., Halliday, G., Kiernan, M., Hodges, J.R., Piguet. O. (in press) Eating behavior in frontotemporal dementia: Peripheral hormones vs hypothalamic pathology. Neurology, Sep 16[Epub ahead of print].

• Hutchings, R., Hodges, J.R., Piguet, O., Kumfor F. (2015) Why should I care? Dimensions of socio-emotional cognition in younger onset dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 48, 135-147.

• Irish, M., Halena, S., Kamminga, J., Tu, S., Hornberger, M., Hodges, J.R. (2015) Scene construction impairments in Alzheimer's disease - a unique role for the posterior cingulate cortex. Cortex, 73, 10-23.

• Leslie, F.V.C., Foxe, D., Daveson, N., Flanagan, E., Hodges, J.R., Piguet, O. (in press) The FRONTIER Executive Screen: A brief executive battery to differentiate frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, Sep 29 [Epub ahead of print]

• Tu, S., Wong, S., Hodges, J.R., Irish, M., Piguet, O., Hornberger, M. (2015) Lost in spatial translation - A novel tool to objectively assess spatial disorientation in Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia. Cortex, (67), 83-94.

For other publications click here

FRONTIER Resources

Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) impacts on thousands of Australians - from the immediate family and friends to those in the community who, often by chance, have to cope with YOD sufferers.

Younger Onset Dementia can begin to affect people in their 40's - in the prime of their lives.

The five-chapter, 38 page online booklet produced by the Neuroscience Research Australia (formerly Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (POWMRI), is based on 20 years of research and is designed to help those living with or exposed to people showing early onset dementia signs as well as those confirmed to already have symptoms. Download the guide here

Test downloads

  • FRONTIER has developed 8 clinical assessments which are freely available. More information and instructions are available here.
  • New ACE mobile available now. Download here