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Professor David Neary

David Neary is Professor of Neurology at the Greater Manchester Neurosciences Centre and University of Manchester and Director of the Cerebral Function Unit.  Professor Neary qualified in Medicine at the University of Manchester and trained in Neurology at Manchester Royal Infirmary and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.  He carried out Postgraduate research in the Neuro-behavioural Unit, Boston, USA.  He was appointed Consultant Neurologist in 1975 and Professor of Neurology in 1991.  He set up the Cerebral Function unit, a multidisciplinary centre for the diagnosis and investigation of dementia in the 1980s.  He has written over 150 scientific papers and published 3 text books on dementia and neuro-anatomy, and is an invited Lecturer on dementia throughout the world.

Selected publications


Crossman A, Neary D.  Neuroanatomy for Medical Students.  London: Churchill Livingstone, 1st edition 1995; 2nd edition 2000; 3rd edition 2005

Snowden JS, Neary D, Mann DMA. Fronto-temporal lobar degeneration: fronto-temporal dementia, progressive aphasia, semantic dementia. London: Churchill-Livingstone 1996.

Mann DMA, Neary D, Testa HJ. A Colour Atlas and Text of Adult Dementias. Mosby-Year Book Europe 1994.

Academic journal articles

Baker M, Mackenzie IR, Pickering-Brown SM, Gass J, Rademakers R, Lindholm C, Snowden J, Adamson J, Sadovnick AD, Rollinson S, Cannon A, Dwosh E, Neary D, Melquist S, Richardson A, Dickson D, Berger Z, Eriksen J, Robinson T, Zehr C, Dickley CA, Crook R, McGowan E, Mann D, Boeve Bradley, Feldham H, Hutton M. Mutations in progranulin cause tau-negative frontotemporal dementia linked to chromosome 17. Nature, 2006; 442: 916-919.

Shi J, Shaw CL, Du Plessis D, Richardson AMT, Bailey KL, Julien C, Stopford C, Thompson J, Varma, A, Craufurd D, Tian J, Pickering-Brown S, Neary D, Snowden JS, Mann DMA. Histopathological changes underlying frontotemporal lobar degeneration with clinicopathological correlation. Acta Neuropathologica, 2006; 110: 501-12.

Thompson JC, Stopford CL, Snowden JS, Neary D. Qualitative neuropsychological performance characteristics in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2005; 76:920-7.

Snowden JS, Thompson JC, Neary D. Knowledge of famous faces and names in semantic dementia. Brain 2004; 127:860-872.

Doubleday EK, Snowden JS, Varma AR, Neary D. Qualitative performance characteristics differentiate dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2002; 72:602-607.

Pickering Brown SM, Richardson AM, Snowden JS, McDonagh AM, Burns A, Braude W, Baker M, Liu WK, Yen SH, Hardy J, Hutton M, Davies Y, Allsop D, Craufurd D, Neary D, Mann DMA. Inherited frontotemporal dementia in 9 British families associated with intronic mutations in the tau gene. Brain 2002; 125:732-751.

Snowden JS, Neary D. Relearning of verbal labels in semantic dementia. Neuropsychologia 2002; 40:1715-1728.

Snowden JS, Mann DMA, Neary D. Distinct neuropsychological characteristics in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2002; 73:686-694.

Varma AR, Adams W, Lloyd JJ, Carson KJ, Snowden JS, Testa HJ, Jackson A, Neary D. Diagnostic patterns of regional atrophy on MRI and regional cerebral blood flow change on SPECT in young onset patients with Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia and vascular dementia. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 2002; 105:261-269.

Varma AR, Laitt R, Lloyd JJ, Carson KJ, Snowden JS, Neary D, Jackson A. Diagnostic value of high signal abnormalities on T2 weighted MRI in the differentiation of Alzheimer's frontotemporal and vascular dementias. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 2002; 105:355-364.

Bathgate D, Snowden JS, Varma A, Blackshaw A, Neary D. Behaviour in frontotemporal dementia: a comparison with Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 2001; 103:367-378

Snowden JS, Bathgate B, Varma A, Blackshaw A, Gibbons ZC, Neary D. Distinct behavioural profiles in frontotemporal dementia and semantic dementia. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2001; 70:323-332.

Mann DMA, McDonagh AM, Snowden JS, Neary D. Molecular classification of the dementias. Lancet 2000; 355: 626.

Neary D, Snowden JS, Mann DMA. Classification and description of frontotemporal dementias. Annals of the New YorkAcademy of Sciences 2000; 920:46-51.

Neary D, Snowden JS, Mann DMA. Cognitive change in motor neurone disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (MND/ALS). Journal of the Neurological Sciences 2000, 180: 15-20.

Neary D. Overview of frontotemporal dementias and the consensus applied. Dementia 1999; 10 Suppl.1. 6-9.

Hutton M, Lendon CL, Rizzu P et al. Association of missense and 5'-splice mutations in tau with the inherited FTDP-17. Nature 1998; 393: 702-705.

Neary D, Snowden JS, Gustafson L, Passant U, Stuss D, Black S, Freedman M, Kertesz A, Robert PH, Albert M, Boone K, Miller BL, Cummings J, Benson DF. Frontotemporal lobar degeneration. A consensus on clinical diagnostic criteria. Neurology 1998; 51: 1546-1554.

Snowden JS, Craufurd D, Griffiths HL, Neary D. Awareness of involuntary movements in Huntington’s disease. Archives of Neurology 1998; 55: 801-805.

Neary D. Frontotemporal degeneration, Pick Disease and Corticobasal Degeneration. One entity or 3? Archives of Neurology 1997; 54: 1425-1427.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Frontotemporal dementia: nosology, neuropsychology and neuropathology. Brain and Cognition 1996; 31: 176-187.


Review articles

Neary D, Snowden JS, Mann DMA. Frontotemporal dementia. Lancet Neurology 2005; 4:771-80.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Sorting out subacute encephalopathy. Practical Neurology 2003; 3:268-81

Neary D, Snowden JS. Sorting out the dementias. Practical Neurology 2002; 328-339

Snowden JS, Neary D, Mann DMA. Frontotemporal dementia. British Journal of Psychiatry 2002; 180:140-143

Snowden JS, Neary D. Neuropsychiatric aspects of frontotemporal dementias. Current Psychiatry Reports 1999; 1:93-98.

Neary D. Classification of the dementias. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology 1999; 9:55-64.  


Book chapters

Neary D. Frontotemporal dementia. In O’Brien J, Ames D, Burns A (eds) Dementia(3rd edition) London, Hodder Arnold. 2005, 665-677.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Causes of dementia in younger people. In RC Baldwin, M Murray (eds.) Younger people with dementia. London: Taylor and Francis, 2003, pp7-41.

Neary, D. Dementia of frontal lobe type. In J O’Brien, D Ames, A Burns (eds) Dementia. Kluwer Academic and Lippincott-Raven Publishers 2000, chapter 56, 738-746.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Behavioural Disorder in Frontotemporal Dementia.In Hatano G, Okada N, Tanabe H (eds.) Affective Minds. Oxford: Elsevier Science 2000 Chapter 8, 81-90.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Progressive Focal Cortical Syndromes. In WG Bradley, RB Daroff, GM Fenichel, CD Marsden (eds) Neurology in Clinical Practice: Principles of Diagnosis and Management Third edition. Butterworth-Heinemann 1999.

Mann DMA, Neary D. Motor neuron disease and dementia. In The primary degeneration dementias other than Alzheimer’s disease AW Clark and DW Dickson (eds) 1999.

Neary D, Mann DMA, Snowden JS. Frontotemporal dementia with motor neurone disease. In A Kertesz & D Munoz (eds). Pick’s Disease and Pick Complex. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 1998.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Classification of the dementias. In J Brocklehurst, R Tallis, H Fillit (eds) Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology: 5th edition Churchill-Livingstone 1998, 717-725 and 6th edition.

Neary D, Mann DMA, Snowden JS. Controversies in the classification of focal lobar atrophies. In J Growden & M Rossor The Dementias Newton: Butterworth-Heinemann 1998, 415-424.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Progressive Focal Cortical Syndromes. In WG Bradley, RB Daroff, GM Fenichel, CD Marsden (eds) Neurology in Clinical Practice: Principles of Diagnosis and Management. Second Edition. Butterworth-Heinemann 1996.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Frontotemporal dementias and unusual dementing syndromes. In MR Trimble, JL Cummings (eds). Contemporary Behavioural Neurology. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann 1996, 239-253.

Neary D, Snowden JS. Clinical Features of Frontotemporal Dementia. In F Pasquier & F Lebert (eds). Frontotemporal dementia. Current Issues in Neurodegenerative Diseases. ICG Publications, Dordrecht, The Netherlands 1996, 31-47.

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