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
Sitting left to right -  Claire O'Callaghan, Shadi El-Wahsh, Marshall Dalton, Cristian Leyton, Michael Hornberger, David Foxe, Sarah Homewood, John Hodges.
Standing 2nd row from left: Emma Devenney, Samantha Schubert, Natalie, Garcia, Fiona Kumfor, Chris Hoon, Claire O'Connor,  Sharon Savage, Bonnie Lam,Naomi Daveson, Leone Chare, Lauren Bartley, Muireann Irish, Sharpley Hsieh, Nick Cordato, Felicity Leslie.
Standing top row from left: Olivier Piguet, James Burrell

Missing:  Rachel Tan, Sicong Tu.

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.