Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Mesulam Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Alzheimer's Disease Seminars 2010-2014

2016-2017 Seminar Schedule





September 22, 2016

Eileen Bigio, MD

Northwestern University

The FTLD-ALS ConnectionHughes Auditorium
October 20, 2016

Adriana Ferreira, MD, PhD

Northwestern University

Tau 45-230: Its Role in Neuronal Degeneration and the Propagation of Tau PathologyKellerman Classroom (2-322)
December 15, 2016

Judith Moskowitz, PhD, MPH

Northwestern University

The LEAF Study: A Randomized Trial of Positive Emotion Skills for Coping with the Stress of Dementia CaregivingSearle Seminar Room
January 26, 2017

Todd Parrish, PhD, & Roneil Malkani, MD

Northwestern University

"Exploiting Neurovascular Integrity Measures for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Using MRI”

"Auditory Stimulation During Sleep to Improve Memory in Mild Cognitive Impairment"

Baldwin Auditorium
February 16, 2017

Heather Snyder, PhD & James Hendrix, PhD

Alzheimer's Association

Update from the Alzheimer’s Association Medical & Science TeamBaldwin Auditorium
February 23, 2017

Qinwen Mao, MD, PhD

Northwestern University

Neuroinflammation in FTLD-TDP-GRNBaldwin Auditorium
April 20, 2017

Chiadi U. Onyike, MD, MHS

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Psychometric Trajectories for FTD MeasurementGray Seminar Room
April 27, 2017

William Jagust, MD

University of California, Berkeley

Tracking the Molecular Pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease with PET

Canning Auditorium

May 11, 2017


June 1, 2017

David T. Jones, MD

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Cascading Network Failure Across the Alzheimer's SpectrumGray Seminar Room

2015-2016 Seminar Schedule





September 24, 2015

Jason Hassenstab, PhD

Washington University - St. Louis

The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network: A Challenge & an Opportunity to Prevent Alzheimer's DiseaseMcGaw 2-322 (Kellerman Classroom)

October 8, 2015

Joel Voss, PhD

Northwestern University

Modulating Memory Networks of the Human Brain Using Noninvasive StimulationMcGaw 2-322 (Kellerman Classroom)
October 15, 2015

Rik Vandenberghe, MD, PhD

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Language, Aging and Neurodegeneration: A Translational Imaging ApproachMcGaw 2-322 (Kellerman Classroom)
October 22, 2015

Veronique Bohbot, PhD

McGill University

Cortical Rigidity, Asymptomatic Detection, and Early Intervention of Alzheimer’s DiseaseMcGaw 2-322 (Kellerman Classroom)
November 5, 2015

Laszlo Zaborszky, MD, PhD, DSc

Rutgers University

Basal Forebrain Cholinergic System:
Anatomy to Function
McGaw 2-322 (Kellerman Classroom)
December 3, 2015

Kathryn Borio, MS, CCC-SLP and Becky Khayum, MS, CCC-SLP

MemoryCare Corporation

Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational TherapistMcGaw 2-322 (Kellerman Classroom)
January 28, 2016

Borna Bonakdarpour, MD

Northwestern University

What's New in DLB? Update from the 2015 International Dementia with Lewy Bodies ConferenceHughes Auditorium
March 17, 2016

Howard Eichenbaum, PhD

Boston University

The Hippocampus: Memory in Space and Time

MAD Training Grant Day

Hughes Auditorium
March 31, 2016

Lauren Dowden, MSW, LSW

Northwestern University

Preserving Relationships: Using Storytelling as a Strengths-Based ApproachMcGaw 2-322 (Kellerman Classroom)

May 12, 2016


May 19, 2016

Daniel Curlik II, PhD and Borna Bonakdarpour, MD

Northwestern University

“Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of Reducing L-Type Calcium Channel Activity for Ameliorating Age-Related Cognitive Deficits”

"Changes in Resting State Functional Connectivity in Primary Progressive Aphasia"

McGaw 2-322 (Kellerman Classroom)
Spring 2014
4/10/14Brad Dickerson, MD
Harvard Medical School
Large-Scale Brain Networks: Individual Differences in Brain-Behavior Relationships and Neurodegenerative Disease
4/3/14Jordan Grafman, PhD
Northwestern University
The Neural Basis of Human Social Beliefs
3/27/14Michela Gallagher, PhD
Johns Hopkins Univeristy
The Borderland of Aging and Dementia: Bridging from Basic Research to Clinical Studies
2/6/14Mary O'Hara, AM, LCSW
Northwestern University
"Like a Shadow On Me": Finding Acceptance, Fighting Stigma, and Living On with Memory Loss
Fall 2013
12/12/13Paul Reber, PhD,andLei Wang, PhD
Northwestern University
Cognitive Rehabilitation Training in Patients with MCI (Reber); Predicting FTLD & AD Neuropathology in PPA Using Hippocampal Shape: A Pilot Study (Wang)
11/7/13Robert Vassar, PhD
Northwestern University
The Alzheimer's Beta-Secretase Enzyme, BACE1, in Health and Disease
10/3/13Maria Carrillo, PhD
Alzheimer's Association
Annual Update from the Alzheimer's Association - National Office
9/12/13Eileen Bigio, MD
Northwestern University
Neuropathology of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
Spring 2013
4/11/13John Trojanowski, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Tau Biomarkers, Transmission and Therapies
4/4/13Mary O'Hara, AMandDarby Morhardt, MSW
Northwestern University
Reciprocity: The Experience of Patients and Medical Students in the Northwestern Buddy Program
2/28/13Mary Jo LaDu, PhD
University of Illinois - Chicago
Soluble Oligomeric Abeta and ApoE/Abeta Complex: Potential Mechanisms, Novel Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets for Alzheimer's Disease
1/10/13Bill ThiesandHeather Snyder
Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association Grant Program Update and Other Current Activities
Fall 2012
12/13/12Prajwal Ciryam
Northwestern University, Cambridge University
Explaining Complex Neurodegenerative Disease Pathology with Simple Chemical Rules
12/6/12Emily Rogalski, PhDandTamar Gefen
Northwestern University
What's so Super about SuperAgers?
11/29/12David Holtzman, MD
Washington University School of Medicine
Sleep and Alzheimer's Disease: Potential Cellular, Molecular, and Network Connections
11/1/12Roberto Cabeza, PhD
Duke University
Compensatory Brain Activity in Older Adults
10/11/12Parisa Rashidi, PhD
Northwestern University
Ambient Assisted Living for Dementia Patients
9/27/12Eileen Bigio, MD
Northwestern University
News from the 8th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias
Spring 2012
3/8/12Leyla deToledo-Morrell, PhD
Rush University
Imaging Biomarkers of Pre-Clinical Alzheimer's Disease and Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment
1/12/12M.-Marsel Mesulam, MD
Northwestern University
Clinical Examination and Anatomical Pathology in Primary Progressive Aphasia
Fall 2011
12/15/11Mary O'Hara, MA, LCSW
Northwestern University
Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): A Panel of Individuals Diagnosed with MCI Will Discuss Their Experience
11/17/11William Thies, PhD and Maria Carillo, PhD
Alzheimer's Association National Office
Alzheimer's Association Medical Scientific Relations Update
11/3/11Eileen Bigio, MD
Northwestern University
TDP-43 Variants of Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration
10/20/11Tom Foster, PhD
University of Florida, Gainesville
Dissecting Age-Related Cognitive Decline: NMDA Receptor and Ca2+ Stores in Senescent Physiology
9/15/11Martha Daviglus, MD, PhD
Northwestern University
Risk Factors and Preventive Interventions for Alzheimer's Disease: State of the Science
Spring 2011
4/28/2011Robert Vassar, PhD, Northwestern UniversityThe Alzheimer's Beta-Secretase Enzyme, BACE1, in Health and Disease
4/14/2011Peter Rapp, PhD, National Institute on AgingLifespan, Mindspan and the Aging Brain
3/31/2011Emily Rogalski, PhD, Northwestern UniversityProgression of Language Impairments and Cortical Atrophy in Subtypes of Primary Progressive Aphasia
3/24/2011Pascale Lacore, PhD, Northwestern UniversitySynaptic Hijacker: How Abeta oligomers disrupt memory formation
3/17/2011Donald Caspary, PhD, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine"Age-Related Hearing Loss: An Example of Maladaptive Inhibitory Plasticity in the Central Auditory System"
3/10/2011Diana Kerwin, MD, Northwestern UniversityUpdate on the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Studies and Therapeutic Clinical Trials
3/3/2011Sandra Weintraub, PhD, Northwestern UniversityNew Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Dementia and Prodromal States: Are We There Yet?
2/24/2011Lei Wang, PhD, Northwestern UniversityDoes Shape Matter?: Imaging the Hippocampus in Dementia
2/17/2011Aryeh Routtenberg, PhD and Nino Tabatadze, PhD, Northwestern UniversityA New Wrinkle in Memory Consolidation: Gone With the Wnt
2/10/2011Alaina Baker-Nigh, Northwestern UniversityCalcium Dysregulation and Selective Neuronal Vulnerability in Alzheimer's Disease
1/27/2011Jeannine Forrest, PhD, RN, Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois ChapterPalliative Care for Advanced Dementia: Current Practice and Research
1/20/2011Eileen Bigio, MD, Northwestern UniversityNeuropathologic Findings in 108 PPA and bvFTD Cases
Fall 2010
12/16/10Carmen Westerberg
Northwestern University
Potential contributions of memory processing during sleep to healthy and dysfunctional memory
12/2/10YongJoo Rhee, DrPH
Northwestern University
Psychotropic medication burden and factors associated with antipsychotic use: An analysis of a population-based sample of community-dwelling older adults with dementia
11/18/10June McKoy, MD, JD, MBA
Northwestern University
Impact of Health Care Reform on Seniors & Persons Living with Dementia: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
11/11/10Julie Lamberti, MSW and Barbara Brandt
House of Welcome-North Shore Senior Center
Supporting Persons with Early Memory Loss in the Community
11/4/10Carolina Zuniga, MSW
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Alzheimer's Disease and the Latino Ethos: Experiences from the Latino Geriatric Center
10/28/10Linda Laatsch, PhD
University of Illinois Chicago
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Application to Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Early Alzheimer's Disease
10/21/10Teepu Siddique, MD
Northwestern University
ALS and ALS/Dementia: Connecting Genetics to Pathology
10/14/10Mary O'Hara, MA, LCSW,
Emily Rogalski, PhD,
and Christina Wieneke, BA

Northwestern University
New Directions in PPA Support
9/30/10Scott Brady, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Alzheimer's Disease and Regulation of Fast Axonal Transport: A Perfect Storm of Kinase Activity
9/23/10William Thies, PhD
Alzheimer's Association
Advances in AD Research
Spring 2010
4/29/10Phyllis Zee, MD
Northwestern University
Rhythms and Sleep: Markers of Health in Aging
4/15/10Randy L. Buckner, PhD
Harvard University
Mechanisms of Aging and Dementia Training Grant Day - Keynote Speaker
Exploring Large-Scale Systems of the Human Brain and Their Importance for Understanding Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
4/8/10Steven Small, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
A Putative Human Mirror Neuron System and Language Comprehension
4/1/10Mary Jo LaDu, PhD
University of Illinois Chicago
The Effects of Human ApoE on ABeta42 Pathology in a Novel Transgenic Mouse Model
3/25/10Adriana Ferreira, MD, PhD
Northwestern University
Calpain-Mediated Tau Cleavage: A Novel Mechanism Underlying Beta Amyloid-Induced Neurotoxicity
3/18/10Denys Lau, PhD
Northwestern University
Polypharmacy and Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use Among Community Dwelling Older Adults With Dementia
3/11/10Eileen Bigio, MD
Northwestern University
TDP-43 Pathology in Primary Progressive Aphasia and Frontotemporal Dementia with Pathologic Alzheimer Disease
3/4/10Tanya Simuni, MD
Northwestern University
A New Approach to Neuroprotection in Parkinson's Disease
2/25/10Joan Chiao, PhD
Northwestern University
Cultural Neuroscience: Implications of Biocultural Diversity for Cultural Psychiatry and Global Health
2/18/10Ling Guo, MD
Northwestern University
Differential Response of Human Microglia to Oligomeric and Fibrillar Amyloid-beta Peptide
2/11/10Darby Morhardt, MSW, LCSW
Northwestern University
Alzheimer's Disease in Limited English Proficiency Communities
2/4/10Jonas Olofsson, PhD
Northwestern University
Age-Related Smell Impairment: An Early Sign of Alzheimer's Disease?
1/28/10John Jonides, PhD
University of Michigan
Supressing Short-term Memories in Mind and Brain
1/21/10Mary O'Hara, MA, LCSW
and Julia Rao, BS
Northwestern University
Not What I had Planned - Living with Early Onset Dementia
1/14/10David Bennett, MD
Rush University Medical Center
Relation of Risk Factors and Neuropathology to Cognitive Decline and AD
1/7/10Diana Kerwin MD
Northwestern University
Effects of body weight on cognition and risk of incident cognitive impairment