Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Cognitive Neurology/Alzheimer’s Disease

The cognitive neurology and Alzheimer's disease specialty within the Department of Neurology focuses on brain diseases that impair cognition and behavior. Our efforts are accentuated by the educational and research resources of the multidepartmental Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC), with whom we closely collaborate.


There are weekly Neurobehavior Patient Management Conferences and Cognitive Brain Mapping Seminars, monthly Neurodegenerative Disease Seminars and Cognitive Science Journal Clubs. Medical students and residents can schedule clinical rotations or apply for mentored research. There are one year clinical or two year clinical/research UCNS-accredited post-residency fellowships for either neurologists or psychiatrists. All recent graduates of the fellowship programs have participated in research, presented findings at national meetings and published in prestigious journals.


Research opportunities are pursued through the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the CNADC and multiple NIH-funded research programs on focal dementias, primary progressive aphasia, functional imaging, clinical trials, neuropathology of degenerative disease, biology of language, successful aging, and cognitive brain mapping.

Patient Care

Outpatients are seen at a Feinberg-affiliated, dedicated Neurobehavior Clinic staffed by neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and speech therapists. Sophisticated cognitive testing modalities and latest developments in biomarkers are used in differential diagnosis. Nationally sponsored clinical trials are available for suitable patients.  Eligible patients are targeted for cognitive training programs and innovative life enrichment programs.

Meet Our Faculty

Access cognitive neurology/Alzheimer's disease faculty bios to learn more about their work within this specialty.