FRONTIER is a clinical research group in Sydney, Australia dedicated to the study of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and related disorders, notably motor neurone disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

Frontier Group

Frontier Group

Kneeling: left to right - Cassandra Kaizik, Nadene Dermody, Lucie Barhon, Naomi Daveson, Sarah Homewood, Sharpley Hsieh

Standing 2nd row from left: Cristian Leyton, Sharon Savage, Muireann Irish, John Hodges, Olivier Piguet, Emma Flanagan, Leone Chare, Drusilla Teo, Fiona Kumfor

Standing top row from left: Greg Savage (CCD Memory Program), Rebekah Ahmed, Rosi Hutchings, Emma Devenney, James Burrell, Sicong Tu, Chris Butler (visiting from UK)

Missing: Lauren Bartley, Stephanie Wong, Claire O'Callaghan, David Foxe

The members of FRONTIER are investigating the cognitive, behavioural, psychological, and brain changes associated with this disease and the impact on patients and their families. They are also studying how changes in FTD differ from those seen in other progressive neurodegenerative brain disorders, and in healthy aging. This research group is led by Professor John Hodges and Dr Olivier Piguet, who together with their team collaborate with clinicians, scientists and other researchers across Australia and overseas.

The goals of FRONTIER are:

  • To understand the effects of FTD on brain structures and brain functions;
  • To improve methods of diagnosis;
  • To assist individuals with FTD and their families.

FRONTIER is based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), which is part of the University of New South Wales Brain Research Precinct.