Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

News and Announcements

Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology below.


  • 06/26/2019

    The 9th Annual Les Turner Symposium on ALS and NeuroRepair will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Feinberg Pavilion, 251 E Huron St, Conference Room A (third floor).

    The registration link is now live at

    More information can be found here.

  • Neurology Class of 2023

    The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology is pleased to announce our outstanding class for the residency program class of 2023:

    Toni Cao – Northwestern University

    Rebecca DiBiase - Johns Hopkins University

    Juan Deliz Gonzalez - Washington University

    Glen Harris – Vanderbilt University

    Siyuan Liu - University of Illinois

    Eric Moffet – University of Wisconsin

    Anthony Rosenberg - University of Iowa

    Dan Tong Jia – Columbia University


  • 10/08/2019

    A new paper published in eLife by Thorsten Kahnt, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, suggests that sleep deprivation makes our brain more susceptible to enticing food smells and cravings for more calorie-dense, high-fat foods. Read more here.

  • 10/01/2019

    The first-of-its-kind Healey ALS Platform Trial aimed at advancing and accelerating ALS drug therapy development will begin enrolling at the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine in 2020. The HEALEY ALS Platform Trial will include several promising biomarkers and novel outcome measures and will be an engine to develop exciting novel tools to revolutionize how therapies are developed. Learn more about the initiative here.

  • 08/28/2019
    From the earliest changes in brain chemistry to novel approaches for clinical care, Northwestern scientists investigate a model spectrum of this devastating disease. Read full article here.
  • 05/23/2019
    Click here for the NBC5 video detailing our own Dr. Slutzky's work with stroke survivors.
  • Vascular Neurology Award to Dr. Bernstein

    Congratulations to Dr. Richard Bernstein on receiving the Northwestern Medicine Distinguished Physician in Vascular Neurology Award.  Philanthropic contributions to the Distinguished Physician in Vascular Neurology Award are making it possible for Dr. Bernstein to continue to deliver outstanding, leading-edge stroke care and to further advance vital research in the Division of Stroke & Neuro-critical Care.

    Click here to read more.

  • 01/24/2019

    Jeffrey Savas, PhD, assistant professor of Neurology in the Division of Behavioral Neurology, was a co-author of a recent study published in Science, on the discovery of the physiological function of APP, a protein long known to play a role in Alzheimer’s Disease but whose normal function had remained elusive. The findings deepen understanding of Alzheimer’s pathology, as well as provide a potential novel therapeutic target for a number of neurological diseases.

    See the story on Feinberg's News Center.

  • 11/12/2018

    Dr. Katherine Carroll, Assistant Professor of Neurology, leads the newly opened Comprehensive Headache Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The goal of the center is to keep migraines out of the emergency room and treat complex headache conditions more effectively. 

    Click here for the link to the Crain's Chicago Business article.

  • 11/01/2018

    Check out the Northwestern Medicine podcasts featuring Department of Neurology faculty: Dr. Cindy Zadikoff, Dr. Danny Bega, Dr. Priya Kumthekar, and Dr. Carolyn Bevan.

    Click here for the link.

  • 10/26/2018

    Dr. Christina Zelano, Assistant Professor of Neurology, appears on Science Friday to discuss how our smell is linked to memory. 

    Click here to hear the segment.

  • 10/03/2018

    A new study by Marc Slutzky, associate professor of neurology, has uncovered the secrets of how the brain controls speech and could help in the development of a brain machine interface (BMI).

    Click to learn more.

  • 10/02/2018

    Gemma L. Carvill, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, received the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award.  This award supports unusually innovative research from early career investigators who are within 10 years of their final degree or clinical residency and have not yet received a research project grant or equivalent NIH grant.

    Full story available here.

  • 09/25/2018

    Neuroscientist, professor and artist, Dr. Hande Ozdinler, was featured in Chicago Woman to discuss how she brings together her love for both the arts and science.

    For the full article, click here.

  • 08/30/2018

    In a study published in Nature Neuroscience, Rajeshwar Awatramani, PhD, associate professor in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology and Jean-Francois Poulin, PhD, demonstrated that subtypes of dopamine neurons have distinct projection patterns — findings that may be critical to understanding the cells’ role in a range of neuropsychiatric disorders, and eventually developing more targeted therapies.


    Full story available at

  • 08/23/2018

    Check out this article from the Northwestern Medicine magazine featuring Dr. Robert Kalb!


  • 08/22/2018

    For the first time, scientists were able to specifically change the way the brain’s memory centers form new memories, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study by Joel Voss, PhD, associate professor of Medical Social Sciences and in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology, Stephen VanHaerents, MD, assistant professor in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology, Division of Neurophysiology/Epilepsy, Aneesha Nilakantan, Molly Hermiller and Robert Palumbo.

    The study, published in Science Advances, targeted a specific area of the brain using a combination of MRI brain scans and noninvasive brain stimulation, which improved the brain’s ability to make new memories. The study authors used MRI to measure participants’ brain activity while they played a memory game after receiving the stimulation, and found that their brain improvement lasted for at least 24 hours after receiving the stimulation.

    Previous research from the same Northwestern Medicine scientists has shown it is possible to improve memory with stimulation, but this study is novel because it successfully identified how the brain changed — its level of excitability increased — in order to improve memory.

    Read the full story at

  • 08/15/2018

    Northwestern Memorial is ranked No. 8 for Neurology & Neurosurgery. “We are proud to be consistently recognized among national leaders in neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD, chair of neurology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “With innovative research and a never ending pursuit for better treatment options for neurological disorders, we now offer a variety of new and expanded clinical programs, including neurogenetics, neuromuscular, cognitive and movement disorders, epilepsy, neuroimmunology, neuro-oncology, sleep medicine and vascular neurology, led by renowned physicians and an outstanding clinical team.”