World-renowned research and care for Alzheimer's and related diseases

About Us

The mission of the Mesulam Center is to conduct cutting-edge research on the devastating neurodegenerative disorders that cause dementia. Through this research we seek to better understand the underlying biological mechanisms of dementias so that we may identify novel therapeutic targets for the amelioration of disease. Our mission is also to clarify the neural organization of behavior and cognition in the human brain and to offer our patients and their families personalized care that addresses the symptoms as well as the underlying disease.”

Robert Vassar, PhD, Director

What We Do

At the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, we work to investigate the causes and clinical characteristics of neurodegenerative diseases, ensure that our patients are the beneficiaries of the latest advances and explore the neural foundations of behavior and cognition in health and disease. Areas of clinical emphasis include the following conditions:

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Community Engagement

The Mesulam Center has a long history of working with diverse and traditionally underrepresented minority communities to raise dementia awareness and engage in mutually beneficial partnerships.

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Nemmers Prize in Medical Science Open for Nominations

The $350,000 Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science is awarded to a biomedical researcher whose body of work exhibits outstanding achievement in biomedical science. Individuals of all nationalities and institutional affiliations are eligible except current or recent members of the Northwestern University faculty and recipients of the Nobel Prize.

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29th Annual Alzheimer Day

Thank You for Attending!

Thank you to everyone that attended the 29th Annual Alzheimer Day on May 11, 2023. If you weren't able to join us, an event recording, the abstract book, and virtual research showcase are now available for viewing.

Check back soon for information on the 30th Annual Alzheimer Day! 

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Recent Events

Mesulam Center Attends ISFTD Meeting in France

Members of the Mesulam Center attended the annual International Society for Frontotemporal Dementias in Lille France on November 2-5, 2022. At the event, Marsel Mesulam, MD, Emily Rogalski, PhD, and Sandra Weintraub, PhD delivered talks and various members of the center presented posters. 

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