Elizabeth Finger, MD


Associate Professor of Neurology, Western University
Office: Parkwood Institute A278
Phone: 519-646-6032
Secretary: Kathy Ayers



Bio Sketch

Dr. Finger received her MD from Cornell University. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by residency in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Finger completed a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in the Unit on Affective and Cognitive Disorders at the NIMH.

Dr. Finger joined the Department in 2007 and specializes in cognitive neurology.


Dr. Finger's research focuses on understanding the cognitive, neural, and genetic substrates of abnormal decision-making, emotion, and social behavior. The research program combines neuropsychological tasks with functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, lesion studies, pharmacologic challenges, and genetic polymorphism associations to delineate the cognitive and neural systems affected in patients with Frontotemporal Dementia, related disorders and their at-risk family members.

Medical Interests

Dementia, Behavioural Disorders, Cognitive Disorders, Psychopathy, Empathy

Honours and Awards

  • 2015-2019, Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario


PubMed Publications Listing


Finger E, Zhang J, Dickerson B, Bureau Y, Masellis M; Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.. Disinhibition in Alzheimer's Disease is Associated with Reduced Right Frontal Pole Cortical Thickness. J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;60(3):1161-1170. doi: 10.3233/JAD-170348. PubMed PMID: 28984590.

Mackenzie IR, Nicholson AM, Sarkar M, Messing J, Purice MD, Pottier C, Annu K, Baker M, Perkerson RB, Kurti A, Matchett BJ, Mittag T, Temirov J, Hsiung GR, Krieger C, Murray ME, Kato M, Fryer JD, Petrucelli L, Zinman L, Weintraub S, Mesulam M, Keith J, Zivkovic SA, Hirsch-Reinshagen V, Roos RP, Züchner S, Graff-Radford NR, Petersen RC, Caselli RJ, Wszolek ZK, Finger E, Lippa C, Lacomis D, Stewart H, Dickson DW, Kim HJ, Rogaeva E, Bigio E, Boylan KB, Taylor JP, Rademakers R. TIA1 Mutations in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia Promote Phase Separation and Alter Stress Granule Dynamics. Neuron. 2017 Aug 16;95(4):808-816.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2017.07.025. PubMed PMID: 28817800.

Montero-Odasso M, Pieruccini-Faria F, Bartha R, Black SE,Finger E, Freedman M, Greenberg B, Grimes DA, Hegele RA, Hudson C, Kleinstiver PW, Lang AE, Masellis M, McLaughlin PM, Munoz DP, Strother S, Swartz RH, Symons S, Tartaglia MC, Zinman L,Strong MJMotor Phenotype in Neurodegenerative Disorders: Gait and Balance Platform Study Design Protocol for the Ontario Neurodegenerative Research Initiative (ONDRI). ONDRI Investigators., McIlroy W.J Alzheimers Dis. 2017 Jun 27. doi: 10.3233/JAD-170149. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28671116.

Premi E, Grassi M, van Swieten J, Galimberti D, Graff C, Masellis M, Tartaglia C, Tagliavini F, Rowe JB, Laforce R Jr, Finger E, Frisoni GB, de Mendonça A, Sorbi S, Gazzina S, Cosseddu M, Archetti S, Gasparotti R, Manes M, Alberici A, Cardoso MJ, Bocchetta M, Cash DM, Ourselin S, Padovani A, Rohrer JD, Borroni B; Cognitive reserve and TMEM106B genotype modulate brain damage in presymptomatic frontotemporal dementia: a GENFI study. Genetic FTD Initiative (GENFI). Brain. 2017 Jun 1;140(6):1784-1791. doi: 10.1093/brain/awx103. PMID: 28460069

Mutsaerts HJMM, Petr J, Thomas DL, De Vita E, Cash DM, van Osch MJP, Golay X, Groot PFC, Ourselin S, van Swieten J, Laforce R Jr, Tagliavini F, Borroni B, Galimberti D, Rowe JB, Graff C, Pizzini FB, Finger E, Sorbi S, Castelo Branco M, Rohrer JD, Masellis M, MacIntosh BJ; Comparison of arterial spin labeling registration strategies in the multi-center GENetic frontotemporal dementia initiative (GENFI). GENFI investigators. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 May 8. doi: 10.1002/jmri.25751. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28480617

Sudre CH, Bocchetta M, Cash D, Thomas DL, Woollacott I, Dick KM, van Swieten J, Borroni B, Galimberti D, Masellis M, Tartaglia MC, Rowe JB, Graff C, Tagliavini F, Frisoni G, Laforce R Jr, Finger E, de Mendonça A, Sorbi S, Ourselin S, Cardoso MJ, Rohrer JD; White matter hyperintensities are seen only in GRN mutation carriers in the GENFI cohort. Genetic FTD Initiative, GENFI. Neuroimage Clin. 2017 Apr 26;15:171-180. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2017.04.015. eCollection 2017. PMID:28529873

Farhan SM, Bartha R, Black SE, Corbett D, Finger E, Freedman M, Greenberg B, Grimes DA, Hegele RA, Hudson C, Kleinstiver PW, Lang AE, Masellis M, McIlroy WE, McLaughlin PM, Montero-Odasso M, Munoz DG, Munoz DP, Strother S, Swartz RH, Symons S, Tartaglia MC, Zinman L; ONDRI Investigators, Strong MJ. The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI). Can J Neurol Sci. 2017 Mar;44(2):196-202. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2016.415. Epub 2016 Dec 22. PMID:28003035

Coleman KK, Coleman BL, MacKinley JD, Pasternak SH, Finger EC. Association between Montreal Cognitive Assessment Sub-Item Scores and Corresponding Cognitive Test Performance in Patients with Frontotemporal Dementia and Related Disorders. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017;43(3-4):170-179. doi: 10.1159/000457119. Epub 2017 Feb 16. PMID: 28199994

Finger EC. Increased heart rate and energy expenditure in frontotemporal dementia. Brain. 2017 Jan;140(Pt 1):10-12. doi: 10.1093/brain/aww312. No abstract available. PMID: 28031218