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Cognitive Disorders Program

The Cognitive Disorders Program focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of people experiencing problems with memory and thinking ability, such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

The program also is engaged in both clinical and translational research, including brain imaging and clinical trials. An important part of this research is the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center (MADC), based in the Department of Neurology.

The MADC is a center supported by private philanthropy, institutional and federal funding which allows the MADC to conduct and support research on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; promote state-of-the-art care and wellness for individuals and families affected by memory loss; and increase dementia awareness through collaborative education and outreach efforts.


To make an appointment, please visit our Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Loss webpage on the website.

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Referring Physician Information

Patients most appropriate for referral have:

  • Rapidly progressive dementia
  • Familial dementia
  • Mild Alzheimer's disease and are interested in research participation
  • Suspected frontotemporal dementia, Lewy Body Dementia or dementia other than Alzheimer's disease
  • Mild cognitive impairment or isolated memory impairment, i.e. significant memory loss but no functional impairment or obvious explanation such as head injury, stroke, psychiatric illness or serious medical illness
  • Patients less than 50 years old with cognitive complaints are usually most appropriate for referral to the general Neurology Clinic

For appointments or consultations, as well as other resources (such as arranging transportation), please call M-LINE at 800-962-3555 or visit our Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Loss webpage on the website.

Clinic Location
U of M Neurology East
4260 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: 734-764-6831
Cognitive Disorders Clinic Team
Judith Heidebrink, MD, MS Judith L Heidebrink
Richard D and Katherine M O'Connor Research Professor of Alzheimer's Disease
Professor of Neurology
Co-Division Chief Cognitive Disorders
Henry Paulson Henry L Paulson
Lucile Groff Chair of Neurology for Alzheimers Disease
Research Professor
Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Professor of Neurology
Co-Division Chief Cognitive Disorders
Sami Jihad Barmada, MD, PhD Sami J Barmada
Angela Dobson Welch and Lyndon Welch Research Professor
Associate Professor of Neurology
Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad, MD Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad
Clinical Associate Professor
labcoat Steven G MacDonald
Assistant Professor of Neurology
labcoat Tanav A Popli
Instructor in Neurology
Research Fellow, Neurology
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Advanced Practice Nurse