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Call for Abstracts


Abstract Submission for the 28th Annual Alzheimer Day is now open. 

The Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease invites Northwestern University faculty and staff members conducting research in aging, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as related neurosciences, to participate in the 28th Annual Alzheimer Day, which will be hosted in person on May 5th, 2022 from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time.


Categories for poster submission include:

  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neuroscience
  • Clinicopathologic Studies
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Health Services
  • Clinical Best Practices

Please note that Alzheimer Day is hosted for the broader community including research participants, individuals living with dementia and their families, as well as for the scientific community. This year's event will be in person. Abstract submitters will be invited to present a poster in person during the event on Thursday, May 5th, 2022 from 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Central. All poster presenters will need to register for the in person event. Registration opens on March 1st and an email will be sent when it has opened. 


Submission Requirements:

  1. Abstract text should detail purpose, methodology, and findings. 
  2. Submission will include a couple sentences (suggested word count 80 – 150 words) that describes the impact of your research in a way that is accessible to individuals without a scientific background. Please avoid using scientific jargon.
  3. To be considered for the Duncan Prize you must submit an appropriate lay language summary that the Duncan Committee will review.
  4. All abstracts must be received by Monday, March 14, 2022.

The Marie and Carl Duncan Prize for research in memory disorders will be presented to the investigator with the most meritorious contribution relevant to memory. The winner will receive a certificate of award and $250.


Submit Your Abstract

Helpful Tips for Submitting Your Lay Language Summary

Consider these tips as you are preparing your submission for Alzheimer Day.

  • Imagine you are speaking to someone about your research, just as you would at a poster presentation. How would you explain it to the lay audience? What is the impact of this research and why is it important? What are the implications?
  • Explain your work. Is there an analogy that makes it approachable and makes your technical work more relatable?
  • Framework to consider: Explain what is known, what is unknown, and what was learned.
  • Here's an example:
    • In lay language my project looks at how one specific signaling pathway in the brain, BMP signaling, is related to brain activity and memory performance. Our research group has studied this pathway for quite some time and has seen that as animals and people age BMP signaling dramatically increases. We also know that as people age some elders experience cognitive decline while others remain sharp but it is not known why this happens in some elders and not others. In mice we have shown that if we increase BMP signaling in their brains they perform worse on memory tests compared to unaltered mice. My project is looking at BMP signaling and how we can prevent and treat age related cognitive decline. My results so far seem to suggest that if we stimulate brain cells in the hippocampus we might be able to combat these aging related changes in cognition and memory.
  • Other University Resources for translating your research for the lay audience:

Submit Your Abstract


Please reach out via email to the Mesulam Center with questions.


COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgement: Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for this event. All attendees will be required to have been fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID test within 24 hours of the event start, as well as comply with all other University safety protocols that are in place at the time of the event. Participants unwilling or unable to abide by these requirements should not attend.

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