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Research Interests

My research falls under the broad umbrella of aging and dementia and uses a multimodal approach to investigate two aging perspectives: primary progressive aphasia (PPA) in which neurodegenerative disease invades the language network and SuperAging in which individuals are seemingly resistant to the deleterious changes in memory associated with “normal” or more typical cognitive aging. My investigations have provided new fundamental knowledge with translational implications for cognitive aging, dementia, and neurodegenerative disease as well as the cognitive neuroscience of language and memory. Since joining the faculty at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s disease Center (CNADC) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2008, I have led the neuroimaging arm of our NIDCD funded Language in PPA R01 project and the cognitive and neuroimaging arm of the SuperAging study. While structural neuroimaging is my primary method of investigation it is not the only tool I use. My other investigations have explored the role of genetic, developmental and acquired factors in aging and dementia, which demonstrates my capacity to collect and integrate multidisciplinary data. I have a successful history of funding and recently received R01 funding from the NINDS to examine the relationship between clinical decline, brain atrophy and putative underlying pathology using PET amyloid imaging.


  • Neurology
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Neuroscience
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aging
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Quantitative MRI
  • Dementia

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Research Output 2006 2017

  • 1630 Citations
  • 49 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 2 Letter
1 Citations

A152T tau allele causes neurodegeneration that can be ameliorated in a zebrafish model by autophagy induction

Lopez, A., Lee, S. E., Wojta, K., Ramos, E. M., Klein, E., Chen, J., Boxer, A. L., Gorno-Tempini, M. L., Geschwind, D. H., Schlotawa, L., Ogryzko, N. V., Bigio, E. H., Rogalski, E., Weintraub, S., Mesulam, M. M., Fleming, A., Coppola, G., Miller, B. L., Rubinsztein, D. C. & Tauopathy Genetics Consortium Apr 1 2017 In : Brain : a journal of neurology. 140, 4, p. 1128-1146 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Frontotemporal Dementia
Frontotemporal dementia
1 Citations

Cerebrospinal fluid markers detect Alzheimer's disease in nonamnestic dementia

Oboudiyat, C., Gefen, T., Varelas, E., Weintraub, S., Rogalski, E., Bigio, E. H. & Mesulam, M. M. 2017 In : Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cerebrospinal Fluid
Alzheimer Disease
Primary Progressive Aphasia
Broca Aphasia
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Healthy Volunteers
Neuropsychological Tests
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Episodic Memory
Practice (Psychology)

Rates of cortical atrophy in adults 80 years and older with superior vs average episodic memory

Cook, A. H., Sridhar, J., Ohm, D., Rademaker, A., Mesulam, M. M., Weintraub, S. & Rogalski, E. Apr 4 2017 In : JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 317, 13, p. 1373-1375 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Episodic Memory