Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center


  • 06.14.2017 Conde Nast Traveler

    June Scott isn’t just an active grandmother with a passport full of stamps. She’s also a participant in Northwestern University’s SuperAging study—a research project analyzing the brains of people who seem to be resistant to the detrimental memory changes all-too-often associated with aging.

  • 05.23.2017 Fox 32 Chicago

    We all expect that as we get older, our memories start to decline. But that isn't the case for everyone. Scientists have discovered there's a group of senior citizens who for some reason don't experience that decline. They are called "super agers" and the hope is that studying them could unlock the mystery of aging.

  • 04.26.2017 Northwestern University

    A new study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that a neurodegenerative syndrome in older adults called frontotemporal dementia (FTD) shares several fundamental features with a different neurodegenerative disease usually seen in children, called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL).

  • 04.04.2017 Northwestern Now

    An innovative Northwestern Medicine study shows that SuperAgers’ brains shrink much slower than their age-matched peers, resulting in a greater resistance to “typical” memory loss and dementia.

  • 02.28.2017 Big Ten Network

    You know that feeling where the word or phrase you wanted to say is right on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t remember it? For many, that’s a way of life, whether through brain trauma, dementia or other neurodegenerative problems. Two groups at Northwestern are working on ways to combat these problems and provide a better life for those living with them now.

  • 02.07.2017 The Hill

    As debates of whether to revise or dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intensify, there is an opportunity to have meaningful discussions about innovative ways to deliver healthcare. The usefulness of person-centered approaches are being evaluated for those living with dementia. Technology offers one solution for facilitating access to treatment for patients themselves and minimizing the cost of such treatments.

  • 12.13.2016 Feinberg

    What started as a personal athletic challenge for Jason Boschan has grown into a powerful tool in the fight to cure dementia. In 2011, Jason established Run4Papa with a mission to bring global awareness to curing dementia. Through Run4Papa, Jason has raised over $190,000 in support of cutting-edge research.

  • 12.09.2016 WTTW Chicago Tonight

    Unlike the Eli Lilly trial involving participants who have mild dementia, researchers hope the A4 study yields a breakthrough for Alzheimer’s as it targets amyloid before symptoms develop.

  • 11.29.2016 Medill Reports Chicago

    Tackling an abnormal protein in the brain may chart the way to holding off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine is part of a global consortium conducting clinical trials to prevent Alzheimer’s disease years before the first symptoms appear.

  • 11.16.2016 Northwestern Now

    Well-established research suggests extensive plaques and tangles in the brain result in the death of neurons and are an indicator of Alzheimer’s dementia, but surprising new research on the brains of individuals 90 years and older who had superior memories until their deaths revealed widespread and dense Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles in some cases, considered full-blown Alzheimer’s pathology.

  • 11.04.2016 NUCATS Newsroom

    The Anti-Amyloid in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study (A4) is investigating if an antibody could slow the build up of a protein called amyloid in the brain. Amyloid can develop into clumps, or plaques, which researchers believe may play a role in the development of memory loss related to Alzheimer’s Disease.

  • 10.24.2016 Northwestern

    A novel telemedicine speech therapy program at Northwestern's CNADC for people with language problems due to dementia significantly improved their ability to recall words they had "lost."

  • 10.21.2016 Chicago Tribune

    The CNADC's Communication Bridge is designed to test whether speech therapy, delivered person-to-person over the internet, can relieve some of the speech loss brought on by primary progressive aphasia.

  • 09.22.2016 WTTW Chicago Tonight

    From hiding the illness to telling the world, a husband and wife share their journey with Alzheimer's as part of a remarkable storytelling project at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

  • 09.13.2016 Feinberg

    Relying on clinical symptoms of memory loss to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease may miss other forms of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s that don’t initially affect memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 09.07.2016 New Scientist

    As we get older we get wiser, or so they say. Most other functions go downhill though, particularly memory – unless you happen to be a “superager”, one of a rare group who retain a good memory.

  • 08.30.2016 Feinberg

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has renewed funding for the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC), supporting an additional five years of research, and marking 25 years of continuous grant support.

  • 08.08.2016 The New York Times

    Northwestern CNADC's eight-week storytelling workshop is helping to keep the spark of love alive in couples coping with the challenges of encroaching dementia.

  • 06.01.2016 WTTW - Chicago Tonight

    The race to find a cure or prevention for Alzheimer's disease is happening all around the world, but there's a lot of hope riding on two studies being conducted in Chicago.

  • 05.23.2016 Northwestern Research

    Northwestern researchers are peering inside the mind to map how we speak, listen to, and comprehend language. The CNADC's Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour is interested in what happens in the brain when words seem to get stuck on the tip of the tongue.

  • 05.20.2016 Alz Forum

    Scientists led by the CNADC's Dr. Sandra Weintraub report that a simple memory test developed in her lab can help tell the difference between primary progressive aphasia (PPA) due to two different protein pathologies—and distinguish both from amnestic dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.

  • 05.17.2016 Feinberg

    Q&A with Jay Gottfried, MD, PhD

  • 05.16.2016 WTTW - Chicago Tonight

    Local exhibit shines light on artist's progression of disease. The exclusive access to the museum was made possible through the ilLUMAnations program, a partnership between LUMA and Northwestern’s CNADC that uses the art, dance and music to engage Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

  • 04.29.2016 WBTV

    CNADC Board member, Jason Boschan, finishes marathon on 6th continent for dementia research

  • 04.20.2016 Alz Forum

    At the ADRD Summit, working groups of scientists, physicians, and administrators reported on progress the field had made since 2013. They explained their groups’ new research priorities and solicited public comment. The updated recommendations will guide future federal government spending on research into these types of dementia.

  • 04.01.2016 The Atlantic

    A disease called primary progressive aphasia gradually robs people of their language skills while leaving their minds intact.

  • 03.14.2016 US News & World Report

    Toxic buildup of a protein in the brain's language centers may help drive a rare form of dementia that causes people to lose their ability to use language, a new study finds. Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago used high-tech imaging to track the buildup of amyloid protein in the brains of people with the language-loss dementia, called primary progressive aphasia (PPA).

  • 03.08.2016 Northwestern

    Peering into brains of living persons with Alzheimer’s language dementia offers insight into disease process and language loss

  • 01.20.2016 Northwestern Research

    The CNADC's Dr. Sandra Weintraub has worked to develop tools that could let physicians diagnose Alzheimer's at its earliest stages. Postdoctoral fellows like Tamar Gefen help advance the research while gaining additional knowledge and mentorship through collaboration with faculty scientists.

  • 12.16.2015 ABC News

    Caregivers face an assortment of challenges when traveling with a frail relative, friend or someone with dementia. Packing medications, getting to and from the airport and managing schedules and family activities all can be difficult. Every person reacts differently to stress, and it's impossible to suggest one-size-fits-all tips, but in general, experts suggest scheduling a doctor visit before the trip and emphasize patience and planning as key elements of traveling.

  • 10.23.2015 Make It Better

    A new study is revealing interesting brain characteristics in older adults who aren’t aging like most. So-called SuperAgers have cognitive abilities like those of much younger people.

  • 10.14.2015 Northwestern Bienen School of Music

    Nancy Gustafson, Bienen School artist in residence and a professional opera singer, hopes to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia through the power of music. Gustafson is collaborating with fellow Bienen School faculty member Steven Demorest, professor of music education, and Darby Morhardt, research associate professor at Feinberg's CNADC, to develop a more controlled research study and gather additional data.

  • 09.11.2015 Feinberg School of Medicine

    In a new study, Northwestern Medicine scientists showed direct mitochondrial destruction by a protein from the FUS gene, one of the genes associated with ALS as well as frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) and other neurodegenerative diseases.

  • 08.13.2015 Northwestern Center for Community Health

    To help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the impact it has on the African American community, Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Rush University Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, and the African American Network Against Alzheimer’s (AANAA) brought the award-winning play, Forget Me Not, to Chicago on July 14th and 15th to sold out crowds at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

  • 06.25.2015 Northwestern

    Old beliefs upended as dementia research yields new locations for word and sentence comprehension

  • 05.28.2015 The Daily Northwestern

    They Forget, We Remember, a new Center for Student Involvement-recognized student club, are producing their first improv comedy show Friday in Ryan Auditorium. All money raised goes to the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the Feinberg School of Medicine to help with its greatest needs.

  • 05.08.2015 The Daily Northwestern

    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget would cut more than $3 million from three state Alzheimer’s disease centers, including $330,000 from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

  • 04.17.2015 Medill

    Through the CNADC's Buddy Program, buddies meet with each other on a regular basis and build a relationship outside of the clinical setting.

  • 03.15.2015 Yahoo Health

    If you’ve ever hoped to age flawlessly, inspiration may come in the form of SuperAgers: people aged 80 and older who have memories as sharp as those of healthy folks decades younger. With funding from the National Institute on Aging and the Davee Foundation, Emily J Rogalski, Ph.D., and a team at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have found a select group of people whose brains simply don’t appear to suffer that ravishes of time that researchers many times see.

  • 03.02.2015 Feinberg

    Amyloid -- an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease -- starts accumulating inside neurons of people as young as 20, a much younger age than scientists ever imagined, reports a surprising new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 03.02.2015 Yahoo Health

    Groundbreaking new research from Northwestern University has found that amyloid protein — a hallmark of the devastating disease — starts accumulating in brain neurons of people as young as 20 years old.

  • 02.12.2015 The New York Times

    Learning what makes so-called von Economo neurons special could help point researchers to treatments for some kinds of mental decline.

  • 02.04.2015 ABC News

    The brains of a select group of elderly people called “SuperAgers” look very different from many of their peers.

  • 02.03.2015 Northwestern University

    SuperAgers, aged 80 and above, have distinctly different looking brains than those of normal older people, according to new Northwestern Medicine® research that is beginning to reveal why the memories of these cognitively elite elders don’t suffer the usual ravages of time.

  • 01.19.2015 Chicago Tonight

    The Buddy Program pairs Alzheimer's patients in the early stages of the disease with first-year medical students, adding a human dimension to the students' scientific and clinical studies.

  • 12.02.2014 Feinberg

    As buddies in the CNADC's Buddy Program, Jared Worthington, a second-year medical student, and Dan Winship, a person with Alzheimer’s disease and retired physician and dean, built a relationship over the past year going on trips to the zoo, sporting events and dinners. This fall, Worthington and the Winships travelled to Toronto to give a presentation about their experiences in the program at the Canadian Health Summit.

  • 10.28.2014 Feinberg

    Scientists at Feinberg’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center have received a five-year, $2.28 million NIH grant to continue studying SuperAgers, people over 80 with remarkable, age-defying memory power.

  • 09.23.2014 AgingCare

    A visionary initiative called The Buddy Program, which pairs medical students with Alzheimer's patients, was developed by the Northwestern University Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago. The Buddy Program builds on a fundamental truth about relationships and human connection, and has since been replicated in Massachusetts, Missouri and New Hampshire.

  • 08.27.2014 CBS News

    A new Northwestern study has shown that training in mindfulness -- learning how to focus on the present moment -- may help improve the emotional well-being of people with early-stage dementia due to Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

  • 07.30.2014 Big Ten Network

    At Northwestern University, a unique spin on the Buddy System is pairing first-year medical students with people who suffer from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias