Turning Pilot Funding into Additional Grant Funding


We raise pilot funding to support novel scientific ideas and leverage the findings to develop larger grant proposals.  Ultimately, patients become the beneficiaries of the latest advances.

2016 - Raising $1,000,000 for dementia research by completing the 7 continent challenge!

2015 - Raised $38,484  for most successful crowdfunding campaign ever at Northwestern! The funds are being directed to the construction of a new world-class center devoted to superb patient care, cutting edge research, and supportive services for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.

2014 - Raised $43,475 to fund an innovatinve brain imaging study that scientists hope will help diagnose dementia in the very early stages.

Ultimate Goal: Detection of Dementia at a younger age makes it possible to develop more effective treatments to combat the disease.

2013 - Raised $36,179 and funded the 1st National Dementia Speech Therapy Trial! Northwestern Medicine developed a tool called Communication Bridge to conduct  web-based speech-therapy for patients around the country.  Since many people struggle to find medical services in their area, Northwestern decided to bring the treatment to their homes. As one of the largest speech therapy studies for patients with aphasic dementia, the study continues to garner interest and receive positive feedback from participants, caregivers and our therapists.  The Alzheimer’s Association and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration have awarded an additional $260,000 in grants to continue this important treatment study.

2012 -Raised $54,001 for primary progressive aphasia research.