Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease


  • 11.05.2018 Chicago Sun Times

    About 200,000 of the 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s have younger-onset diagnoses. Northwestern Mesulam Center Neuropsychologist Sandra Weintraub explains why an early and accurate diagnosis is critical.

  • 11.01.2018 Northwestern Neurology Newsletter

    Changiz Geula, PhD, was thanked for teaching his Neuro-Anatomy lecture. The class is a 1.5-hour basic science lecture every Friday as an interactive learning of the basics of neuroanatomy. Dr. Geula finds was to tie things in clinically and the interactive nature of the class helps facilitate the learning process. Dr. Geula also gives senior residents a chance to practice teaching with someone different each week. Thank you, Dr. Geula!

  • 10.28.2018 The Advocate

    Caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is very challenging and improvisation can assist in communicating, responding to behavioral challenges and in improving the caregiver's relationship with the affected individual. Partnering with the Mesulam Center, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, the Memory Ensemble aims to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their families through improvisational performance.

  • 10.24.2018 WGN Radio

    During hour one, Medical experts Dr. Sandra Weintraub (Northwestern University), Dr. Martha Clare Morris (Rush University), and Melanie Chavin (Chief Programs Officer – Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter) to discuss pressing questions surrounding: What is Alzheimers? 10 Warning Signs and more. During hour two, dive into the experience of whats it’s like when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Hour three tackle the questions: What support exists and What can I do to help?

  • 10.24.2018 WGN Radio

    Cognitive Neurologist Borna Bonakdarpour, of the Mesulam Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center with Northwestern Medicine, joins John Williams to address Sandra Day O’Connor’s announcement of her dementia diagnosis. He explains some of the symptoms and how best to spot them early in relatives, or in oneself. And, he describes how Alzheimer’s develops.

  • 10.16.2018 FOX 32 News

    Emily Rogalski and Bill Gurolnick join the set to talk about the "SuperAgers" study going on at Northwestern's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center.

  • 09.21.2018 TODAY

    This 104-year-old is helping doctors unlock the secrets of 'super aging.' The brains of "super agers," who have the memory performance of people decades younger, seem to be shrinking at a slower rate. But why?

  • 09.19.2018 Science Translational Medicine

    Robert J Vassar, PhD, has a new paper in the Science TranslationalMedicine on his BACE1 conditional knockout mouse work.

  • 07.13.2018 Feinberg

    Daniel Brat, MD, PhD, chair and Magerstadt Professor of Pathology, will serve as president and Eileen Bigio, MD, the Paul E. Steiner Research Professor of Pathology, will serve as vice president of the American Association of Neuropathologists.

  • 06.11.2018 Chicago Tribune

    Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour, assistant professor of neurology at the CNADC, is leading a study testing whether music played for residents of a suburban nursing home can be therapeutic and can improve cognition, conversation and relationships. This study is being conducted in collaboration with Institute for Therapy through the Arts and Silverado Memory Care.

  • 02.04.2018 WBUR On Point Radio

    A WBUR On Point radio segment discussed dementia-specific advance directives to lay out medical care for people with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan interviewed Dr. Barak Gaster from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Darby Morhardt from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and Dr. Reisa Sperling from the Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

  • 01.17.2018 WGN

    Northwestern CNADC Neuropsychologist Sandra Weintraub describes what the cognitive test President Trump took exposes about him. He scored 30 out of 30 on this test, but that doesn’t reveal a significant difference between his mental well-being and yours.

  • 12.04.2017 Crain's Chicago Business

    Meet 40 all-stars in Chicago business and culture, including Dr. Emily Rogalski, director of neuroimaging at the CNADC

  • 11.02.2017 Yahoo

    A new study has found a surprising factor might be an important part of a larger recipe for aging brain health: maintaining close friendships

  • 11.01.2017 Northwestern Now

    Maintaining strong social networks seems to be linked to slower cognitive decline

  • 10.25.2017 OHBM

    Q&A with Dr. Marsel Mesulam, a founding member of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping

  • 09.18.2017 Feinberg

    A multi-organization team of scientists has discovered a novel mechanism for how a gene mutation leads to the death of neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the related disease frontotemporal dementia (FTD), findings which could inform the development of new treatments.

  • 09.14.2017 USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

    For those with dementia, taking in art can stimulate emotions, trigger conversation and help old memories resurface, said Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour, assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer Disease Center. It can also become a form of self-expression if other forms, like verbal communication, fade.

  • 08.29.2017 Medical News Today

    Brain aging is inevitable to some extent, but not uniform; it affects everyone, or every brain, differently. Slowing down brain aging or stopping it altogether would be the ultimate elixir to achieve eternal youth. Is brain aging a slippery slope that we need to accept? Or are there steps we can take to reduce the rate of decline?

  • 08.22.2017 ITA Chicago

    On June 25th, ITA Executive Director Jenni Rook and the CNADC's Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour teamed up for Tuning Into the Musical Mind — an educational event filled with cutting-edge dialogue that addressed the capacity for the human brain to respond constructively to music. The event featured individual presentations from Rook and Bonakdarpour that affirmed neurologic effects of music on the human brain and introduced music as a device of therapy.

  • 08.18.2017 Business Insider

    A diagnosis of frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), an incurable degenerative brain disease, can be overwhelming. As runners converged for the 2017 Super Run 5K in Elk Grove, Illinois, one couple was there to bring hope, awareness and determination to others, despite such challenges.

  • 08.10.2017 Northwestern Research

    New research by Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour is illustrating the benefit of an experimental imaging technique.

  • 07.18.2017 BBC

    BBC Persian interviewed CNADC's Dr. Borna Bonakdarpour while in London for the annual Alzheimer's Association International meeting. The interview (in Persian, with English subtitles), is focused on diagnosis and treatment of familial Alzheimer's disease and recent advances in treatment and prevention of non-familial form of the disease. This discussion extends the impact of CNADC to 110 million Persian speakers around the world.

  • 07.17.2017 Knoxville News Sentinel

    Less common than Alzheimer’s disease in older Americans but at least as common as early-onset Alzheimer’s in people 45-65 years old, the different types of FTD affect 50,000-60,000 Americans, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates -- most of them younger than 65. One couple has become passionate about educating people on FTD, including medical providers and their own financial planner.

  • 07.14.2017 New York Times

    Changiz Geula, a professor of neuroscience at Northwestern University, has been studying brain tissue collected from people who died at age 90 or older. He found that some people who die with sharp minds have brains that are clogged with the gunk associated with Alzheimer’s pathology. That means it’s possible to have an “Alzheimer’s brain” but no dementia. Dr. Geula believes that in cases like this, some actor in the brain — call it the opposite of Alzheimer’s — is protecting neurons from damage. We still don’t know what it is.

  • 06.27.2017 WVON Radio

    Radio personality Art "Chat Daddy" Sims hosted a panel discussion on memory loss, dementia, and its devastating impact on the African-American community. This informative and stimulating hour-long conversation with representatives from Northwestern University, Rush Medical Center, and the community aims to heighten awareness about brain health and REACH to Faith, a wonderful collaborative with academics and six African-American churches.

  • 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