The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center (CNADC) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to research, education and patient care. The research mission is to discover how the healthy brain coordinates mental functions such as memory, language, attention, and emotion in health and how those functions are affected by aging and by diseases of the brain, including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The educational mission is to transfer the benefits of this research to patients and their caregiving families, to train researchers and clinicians, and to educate the public about prevention and treatment. The patient care mission is carried out in the outpatient setting at the Neurobehavior and Memory Health Service of the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation.
The CNADC hosts two major public events per year for the community in addition to collaborating with other city, state, and national organizations on numerous other events and venues. Every spring, the CNADC holds an annual Alzheimer Day showcasing Northwestern’s clinical and scientific work on aging and dementia. Each fall the CNADC holds a conference on Frontotemporal Dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasia for the community and caregiving families.