Memory Disorders Center
A memory disorder, or memory loss, is a problem that some people have in storing or retrieving memories. It can be mild or severe and is often the result of a disease or injury that affects the brain. A neuropsychological evaluation is performed to help understand how the different areas and systems of the brain are working. Examinations are usually recommended when there are symptoms or complaints involving memory or other areas of thinking. Common among adult patients are progressive cognitive changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or following an acute event, such as traumatic brain injury or stroke.
A typical neuropsychological evaluation can involve assessment of the following:
- General intellect
- Higher level executive abilities (e.g., sequencing, reasoning, problem-solving)
- Attention and concentration
- Learning and memory
- Visual-spatial abilities (e.g., perception)
- Motor and sensory abilities
- Academic skills
- Mood and personality
The evaluation can be used to understand a patient’s situation in a number of ways:
- Identification of cognitive difficulties
- Differential diagnosis
- Establishment of a baseline
- Documentation of change
- Treatment planning
Advancing Alzheimer’s disease research
Northwell Health has established the Litwin-Zucker Research Center for the Study of Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders under the leadership of Peter Davies, PhD, a world-renowned Alzheimer's disease researcher. The Litwin-Zucker Center is a large research and clinical program devoted to the study of Alzheimer’s disease at every level, from basic biology to clinical trials. Nearly two dozen scientists from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research are involved in dozens of basic and clinical projects dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related memory loss and impairment disorders.
The goal of the Litwin-Zucker Research Center is to figure out what causes Alzheimer’s and identify ways to detect and treat the debilitating disease. The center has a number of clinical studies that test the benefits of current treatments over the course of the disease. Our scientists work in four different labs, each with their own goals for research:
- Laboratory for Alzheimer's Disease Research
- Laboratory of Memory Disorders
- Laboratory of Transcriptional Profiling
- Program for Alzheimer's Disease: Clinical Research
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