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Combatting Alzheimer’s Disease at Northwestern Medicine

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Project ended on November 16, at 02:00 AM EST
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Combatting Alzheimer’s Disease at Northwestern Medicine


The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC) at Northwestern Medicine is a world-class center known for superb research, clinical diagnosis, patient care, and supportive services in Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Over 50 researchers and clinicians in 14 departments contribute to our mission, which is: to provide the highest quality clinical care; to conduct research on how the brain coordinates mental functions such as memory, language, and emotion; and to transfer the benefits of research to afflicted patients. We also have a vast array of education programs to train future researchers and clinicians to work in this field.


Alzheimer's disease currently affects more than 5 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2015, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will cost the nation over $225 billion. As a response to this growing epidemic, Northwestern Medicine has recently launched an initiative to raise funds to build a new cutting edge Alzheimer's disease center. This initiative will allow for the center’s growth as it moves into its next phase of leading-edge research and patient care. A top priority for the initiative is the construction of new laboratory space, which will double the square footage of the current center and is paramount to our scientists’ ability to expand their important work. The creation of a new custom-designed research environment wherein researchers, clinicians, and social services staff can conduct work side by side will bolster both communication and collaboration, thereby accelerating research in this area. Investment in medical research is the only hope to turn the tide in the battle against dementia.

Jason Boschan, Kevin Connolly, Micheal DeComo, and Jordan Gross have joined forces on a collaborative effort to help launch this initiative. We all come from diverse backgrounds and have unique experiences with dementia and how it has affected loved ones. We have come together with the goal of making a lasting impact in the fight against Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Please join us in changing the story of one of the biggest medical epidemics of our time. Your generous support for this campaign will help to launch this initiative, which will have a tremendous impact in our fight against Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Please join us in this campaign and together, WE WILL help to end Alzheimer's disease.


This project is a collaboration between the following groups:

They Forget, We Remember is the first undergraduate student group at Northwestern University that looks to address the issue of Alzheimer's disease. The group, led by Jordan Gross, has approximately 35 members that are devoted to raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease through education programs, support groups, volunteer efforts, and fundraising campaigns. 

Run4Papa founder and CNADC Board member, Jason Boschan, came to Northwestern in July 2011 in hopes of making a difference to inspire change and raise awareness for dementia research. Since that time, Jason has run 8 marathon on 6 continents and raised over $180,000 for Northwestern University's CNADC. In 4 months, Jason will head to Athens, Greece to complete his FINAL RUN on continent #7! This is the perfect opportunity to further his impact in dementia research and continue his journey to inspire millenials to baby boomers throughout the world.

Northwestern alumnus Micheal DeComo came back to the Chicagoland area hoping to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. He found the ideal place at his alma mater when he learned about the work happening at the CNADC. He formed a relationship with the center in hopes of raising funds for medical research. 

The staff and faculty of the CNADC, under the direction of Kevin Connolly and the Community Advisory Board under the leadership of David Moscow, also are heavily engaged in the success of this project. We greatly appreciate the support of our partners in advancing research and patient care in Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

NOTE: To make donations by check, please make payable to Northwestern University and mail to:

Northwestern University CNADC Attn: Kevin Connolly 320 E. Superior St. Searle 11-453 Chicago, IL 60654  

Our way
of Thanking You


Social Media Shout Out

Thank you for supporting this important initiative. You will receive a shout out from Northwestern, Run4Papa, or They Forget, We Remember on our social media platforms.

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Estimated Delivery: December 2015


Letter of Appreciation

Signed letter of appreciation from world-renowned researcher and clinician Marsel Mesulam, MD, director of the CNADC at Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Mesulam has devoted his life and career to the advancement of new discoveries that can improve the lives of patients struggling with complex and debilitating cognitive illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease.

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Estimated Delivery: October 2015


Run with Jason

Jason Boschan has been running around the globe since 2011 to raise funds for dementia research at Northwestern. He will running the Chicago Marathon as a part of this initiative on October 11, 2015, and many other races around the world in 2016. Jason will be running in memory of loved ones who have lost the battle to Alzheimer's or related dementias, or in honor of anyone fighting the diseases. Names will be added to Jason's custom made t-shirt for a race in 2015 or 2016.

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Estimated Delivery: June 2016


An Afternoon with Scientists

You will visit the Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern Medicine and get a behind-the-scenes look at advanced research techniques. You will see brain imaging techniques, visit our brain bank to study neuroanatomy, and can ask questions of our leading scientists. Limit to 4 guests.

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Estimated Delivery: June 2016


Extended Tour

You will visit the Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern Medicine and get a behind-the-scenes look at advanced research techniques. You will see brain imaging techniques, visit our brain bank to study neuroanatomy, receive a memory screening, and can ask questions to our leading scientists. You will also get to sit down for a conversation with renowned researcher and clinician, Marsel Mesulam, one of the leading researchers in the world in neurodegenerative diseases. This is a great opportunity for aspiring physicians and scientists or for someone who wants to learn more about Alzheimer's disease from a leading expert.

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Estimated Delivery: June 2016
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