UCLA Frontotemporal Dementia and Neurobehavior Program

Our program specializes in the diagnosis and management of focal, progressive, cognitive impairment. In particular, we see individuals whose worsening problems in the areas of memory, social skills, spatial perception, judgment and reasoning, word-finding, etc. began before the age of sixty-five.

Areas of Clinical Focus

  1. Rare, unusual, or focal cognitive disorders
  2. Early onset dementias (Impairment in two or more areas of cognition beginning before 65 years of age)
  3. Frontotemporal Dementia / Frontotemporal Degeneration
  4. Early-onset or atypical Alzheimer's disease
  5. Semantic Dementia
  6. Progressive Aphasia (language impairment)
  7. Movement disorders with cognitive impairment (e.g. CBD)

In addition, Dr. Mario Mendez is a globally-recognized expert on frontotemporal lobar degeneration disorders, especially the behavioral variant, often referred to simply as FTD.

The Frontotemporal Dementia and Neurobehavior Program at UCLA includes diagnostic evaluations, consultation regarding pharmacological and behavioral management, and research projects aimed at increasing knowledge about focal and young onset neurodegenerative disorders.

For urgent concerns, contact your primary care physician.
For symptoms occuring after a head injury or brain trauma,
call UCLA Neurological Services at 310-794-1195 for an appropriate referral.

Video Showcase

  • FTD

    Frontotemporal Dementia affects the part of the brain that governs social interaction. Dr. Mario Mendez explains.