Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Young-Onset Dementias Clinic
The Frontotemporal Dementia and Young-Onset Dementias Clinic is dedicated to the care of individuals who suffer from frontotemporal dementias (FTD), Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), and those who are under 65 years of age with any type of dementia. Located in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, the clinic serves Maryland, neighboring states, and the District of Columbia. Our services are also available for consultations and clinical care for patients from anywhere in the United States or abroad.
Conditions We Treat
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a common cause of dementia, is a group of disorders that occur when nerve cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are lost. This causes the lobes to shrink. FTD can affect behavior, personality, language, and movement.
When Alzheimer disease occurs in someone under age 65, it is known as early-onset (or younger-onset) Alzheimer disease.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob and Other Prion Diseases
The most common form of prion disease that affects humans is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Prion diseases are rare. About 300 cases are reported each year in the U.S.
Comprehensive Care and Support
We offer a number of medical services relating to the evaluation and care of individuals suffering from these dementias: diagnostic evaluations, illness education, medication and non-medication treatments, and, in specific circumstances, admission to a specialized hospital unit. The clinic is conducting many research projects, including clinical trials and studies of day-to-day care, as well as epidemiologic, neuropsychiatric, neuropathological, and genetic investigations.
Our commitment to the sufferers of young-onset dementias and their families also includes a range of support services such as:
- Comprehensive diagnostic assessment
- Solving problems caused by disabilities
- Management of symptoms
- Family/caregiver guidance, including for issues pertaining to dependent children
- Genetic counseling
- Counseling and support services for caregivers
- Dementia-care education and planning
- Social work services
- Liaison with respite care and residential care providers
- Observational studies and clinical trials
Details on making an appointment and preparing for your visit
Research covers a range of topics relating to the mechanisms and manifestations of the diseases, the costs and burdens of caring for sufferers, the quality of care and services, and the identification and development of effective treatments.
The Johns Hopkins FTD and Young-Onset Dementias Clinic
Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry
600 N. Wolfe Street, Suite 235
Baltimore, Maryland 21287
Patients and visitors, please use the Wolfe Street entrance at the end of the traffic circle.
Director: Chiadi U. Onyike, M.D., M.H.S.
Clinic Nurse/Coordinator: Mary Anne Wylie, M.S., R.N., A.P.N.
Clinic Nurse: Rebecca Rye, R.N.
Front Desk: Myra Franklin
Meet Dr. Onyike
Not just a condition for the elderly: early-onset Alzheimer’s
Dr Onyike discusses how this affects the treatment of early-onset Alzheimer’s patients, and gives details about the opportunities that studying this condition could present. This interview was recorded at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) held in London, UK.
Different treatments for different phenotypes?
Dr Onyike speaks to us about how identifying the vulnerabilities of susceptible regions of the brain may further our comprehension, and could lead to new, targeted treatments. This interview was recorded at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) held in London, UK.
Frontotemporal Dementia: It's Not Knuckleheadedness
From the archives of the Johns Hopkins BrainWise (The Newsletter of the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
Psychiatrist Chiadi Onyike remembers it vividly: A middle-aged woman sat quietly at a dining table and picked up her glass several times for a sip. This went on for some time, says Onyike, yet not a scrap of food had been served. Her plate was bare, her glass empty. “It’s the small scenerios,” he explains, “that give you a fine sense of frontotemporal dementia (FTD).”