Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease

Frontotemporal Degeneration

Frontotemporal Degeneration typically affects patients at a very early age. In this type of dementia, there is no true memory loss in the early stages of the type that is seen in Alzheimer's dementia. Instead, there are changes in personality, ability to concentrate, social skills, motivation and reasoning. Because of their nature, these symptoms are often confused with psychiatric disorders. There are gradual changes in one's customary ways of behaving and responding emotionally to others. Memory, language and visual perception are usually not impaired for the first two years, yet as the disease progresses and spreads to other areas of the brain, they too may become affected. Typically, the disorder affects females more than males.

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Types of Frontotemporal Degeneration

Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Degeneration

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Corticobasal Degeneration & Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

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Meet Our Team

The members of the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease are faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and other Northwestern University schools. Browse their profiles to learn more about their clinical interests and research work.

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Research

Research Studies

Those living with Frontotemporal Degeneration should consider enrolling in a research program affiliated with the center. Browse our list of ongoing studies recruiting new participants.

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Care & Support

Support Program

We offer a number of support programs and groups for individuals and families living with neurocognitive disease:

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