2007 – Dr. Howard Chertkow


Howard Chertkow is a cognitive neurologist, Professor of Neurology in McGill’s Dept. of Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, McGill University.He is Director of the Bloomfield Centre for Research in Aging at the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital. Dr. Chertkow is a founder and co-director (with Howard Bergman) of the JGH/ McGill Memory Clinic. This clinic represents a synergistic enterprise between neurology and geriatric medicine in the interests of better care of dementia patients. His major areas of research interest include 1)Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and prediction of deterioration in individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment 2) the structure, organization, and function of the Semantic Memory component of long term memory, and its deterioration in dementia 3) localization of language and memory functions in the brain using functional imaging. He has been continuously funded by the CIHR (Canadian Institutes for Health Research) and its forerunner, the MRC, for the past 18 years. His CV lists 258 publications, including 101 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.Dr. Chertkow is past president of the Canadian Consortium of Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research (C5R) and past coordinator of the cognition axis of the provincial FRSQ network on Aging.

In 2006 he chaired the Third Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia, which brought together many of the country’s experts to formulate new guidelines for physicians.

Dr. Chertkow is supported by a prestigious “Chercheur national” salary support award from the FRSQ.