CBS Evening News Aug. 22, 2013 7:25 PM

How do seniors have the minds of those decades younger?
“Previously it’s been thought that there was nowhere to go but down as we aged,” said Emily Rogalski, PhD, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University. “So we’re kind of trying to shift our thinking a little bit and say, ‘Maybe it’s possible to maintain optimal memory as we age.'”

Rogalski and others have found that super agers have a thicker cortex – region of the brain responsible for thinking, attention and memory.


NBC Nightly News Sept. 3, 2013

Students on the frontline of Alzheimer’s battle
Maria Shriver reports on the Buddy Program at Northwestern University that pairs Alzheimer’s patients with first-year medical students in an effort to combat the growing disease.


Wall Street Journal Oct. 7, 2013

Why Does Chronic Pain Hurt Some People More?

Over the last five years, A. Vania Apkarian, PhD, and his team has been imaging the brains of patients with a recent back injury, looking for differences in the brain’s white matter for  those who develop chronic pain.

Collecting 3,000 brain scans,. the scientists found distinct abnormalities in the participants who  developed chronic pain over 12 months, with an 80% to 100% forecast accuracy. (See page 11 for more information.)


Living Healthy Chicago Nov. 17, 2013

Shameka Davis: Rising Above

When Shameka Davis was diagnosed with epilepsy, she became inspired to pursue a career in medicine. Today, she is part of the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program.

“This program is really designed to one, inspire the students to say yes you can do this and two, to give them a preview of what their lives may look like as physicians or PhD’s,” Erica Marsh, MD, an assistant professor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Davis


Smithsonian Nov. 25, 2013

How Growing Up in Poverty May Affect a Child’s Developing Brain

A recent Northwestern University study found a link that children with lower socioeconomic status tended to have less efficient auditory processing abilities—that is, the area of their brains responsible for processing sound showed more response to distracting noise and less activity as a result of an individual speaker’s

Chicago Tribune Dec. 1, 2013

Retired physician teaching about Alzheimer’s – his own

Their interest in medicine is mutual. Jared Worthington, 25, is a first-year medical student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Daniel Winship, 80, is a retired physician with a particular interest in medical education, including a stint as dean of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.


ABC 7 Chicago Dec. 2, 2013

Lurie Children’s opens first midwest Gender and Sex Development Program

“We created this unique combined program because although these two different patient populations deal with very separate issues, their care involves the same team of specialists,” said Earl Cheng, MD, pediatric urologist at Lurie Children’s and professor of urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who founded the program with Rob Garofalo, MD.


The New York Times – Dec. 18, 2013

Increasing Marijuana Use in High School is Reported

A new Northwestern University study found what appeared to be lasting brain alterations in people who smoked marijuana as adolescents. Using brain imaging scans, researchers showed that those who used it daily for about three years as teens had differences in the thalamus, globus pallidus and striatum.

These regions of the brain serve as working memory, helping people to solve puzzles, remember a telephone number or quickly process  information for everyday tasks. Working memory is also a strong predictor of academic achievement, said Matthew J. Smith,  an assistant research professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Feinberg.