Letter from the FRONTIER team at the Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney.
Dear Stephen, Jane and the community of Tumut,
On behalf of the whole FRONTIER team at the Brain & Mind Centre, University of Sydney, we would like to thank you for your generous donation of $35,983 to our research program last year.
Donations such as yours help us continue our research into frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and other diseases of the brain that have affected many individuals. We are progressively identifying the causes of these disorders and are working towards developing better diagnostic methods and improved treatments.
We have used your donation to support the creation of a mobile app version of the Sydney Language Battery – a language test we use frequently in our clinic. This app will be released in October to clinicians throughout Australia and the world. We believe this will be especially useful in rural and remote communities where access to frontotemporal dementia specialists is limited. We are very excited, because access to this app will greatly improve the set of tools available to identify the signs of frontotemporal dementia in GP clinics throughout Australia.
We would like to continue working on making our tests available to the general community. As such, with the additional funds that you have raised, our next goal is to create another mobile app. This app will assist individuals with dementia who have language difficulties by helping them retrain the ability to use common words and improve their ability to communicate more effectively. We anticipate to begin the development of this app in November, for a first release in early 2019.
Once again, our heartfelt thanks for your kind gesture.
Olivier Piguet John Hodges
Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology Professor of Behavioural Neurology
Co-Directors FRONTIER Frontotemporal Dementia Research Group