It's How Medicine Should Be®


French German Italian Portuguese Russian

Neelum Aggarwal, MD

  • Associate professor of neurological sciences
  • Clinical core co-leader, Rush Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
  • Senior attending neurologist, Rush Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
  • Co-investigator and senior attending neurologist, Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP)
  • Co-investigator and senior attending neurologist, Minority Aging Research Study (MARS)
  • Physician referral line: (312) 942-3333


  • B.Sc. (Honors), 1984, University of Windsor, Biology
  • MD, 1988, Chicago Medical School, Medicine
  • Residency, 1992, Henry Ford Hospital, Neurology
  • Fellowship, 1996, Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center/Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Academic Interests

Aggarwal's academic interests focus on understanding the cognitive, physical and psychosocial changes that occur in individuals as they age. Specific areas of her work include community-based participatory research focusing on risk factors for cognitive decline, with a special emphasis on how vascular disease and neuroimaging changes relate to cognitive functioning and Alzheimer's disease in minority populations.

Clinical Interests

Diagnosis and clinical management of persons with all types of dementia (Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body disease, Fronto-temporal dementia and Vascular dementia). Clinical trial specialist with expertise in National Institute on Aging-funded trials (Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study- ADCS) and pharmaceutical trials.

Representative Publications

  1. Aggarwal  NT, Wilson RS, Bienias JL, De Jager PL, Bennett DA, Evans DA, DeCarli C. The Association of MRI Measures with Cognitive Function in a Biracial Population Sample Arch Neurol 2010:67(4):475-482
  2. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Beck TL, Bienias JL, Bennett DA. Motor Dysfunction in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Risk of Incident Alzheimer's disease Arch Neurol 2006:63:1763-1769
  3. Aggarwal NT, Bienias JL, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Morris MC, Schneider JA, Shah RC, Evans DA. The Relation of Cigarette Smoking to Incident Alzheimer's disease in a Biracial Urban Population Neuroepidemiology, 2006: 26:140-146
  4. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Bienias JL, Berry-Kravis E, Bennett DA. The Apolipoprotein E e4 allele and Incident Alzheimer's disease in Person's with Mild Cognitive Impairment Neurocase 2005:11, 3-7
  5. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Beck T, Bienias JL, Bennett DA. Mild Cognitive Impairment in Different Functional Domains and Incident Alzheimer's disease Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2005:76:1479-84