The Behavioral Neurology Program is the referral for uncommon, unusual, or atypical neurocognitive disorders such as early- or young-onset Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and progressive cognitive problems.
About 5 percent of Alzheimer's patients have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD) with age of onset of younger than 65 years. Patients with EOAD require special expertise in diagnosis and management as they can be quite different from the usual Alzheimer’s disease. For example, they often present with non-memory difficulties, such as decline in words or language, spatial or visual abilities, the ability to calculate, and other specific cognitive problems. These patients may have additional neurobiological differences, as well as unique psychosocial needs. Our program is one of the few centers dedicated to the study of the unique aspects of EOAD.
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and other focal dementias are an important group of brain disorders that result in behavioral, cognitive, or language changes. Although far less is known about FTD than about Alzheimer's disease, research during the last 10 years has greatly increased our understanding of these disorders. Researchers at UCLA and elsewhere continue to make discoveries about frontotemporal dementia, formerly known as Pick's disease, and other brain-behavior syndromes.
The UCLA Neurobehavior Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and management of EOAD, FTD and other progressive cognitive problems. The clinic evaluates all focal brain degeneration associated with dementia. Criteria for patient referral include:
In addition to consultation and patient care, the UCLA Neurobehavior Clinic is involved in much-needed research on these neurological conditions. Potential research participation is available in studies exploring the behavioral, cognitive, neuroimaging, and genetic aspects of these disorders. Ongoing studies involve neurocognitive and neuroimaging studies of EOAD, FTD, and related conditions.
A few select publications
UCLA Neurobehavior Clinic staff
In addition, as part of the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Center, the UCLA Neurobehavior Clinic offers the resources of a large group of affiliated clinicians and investigators, including psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neuroimagers, speech pathologists, and geneticists.
Appointments to the clinic are made by calling neurological services at 310-794-1195, faxing at 310-794-7491, or mailing at ATTN: “NEUROBEHAVIOR,” Neurological Services. 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B200 Los Angeles, CA 90095.
Megan Laffey, PhD
Elvira Jimenez, MPH
Lorena Monserrat, PhD
Diana Chavez, BA
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