Welcome to the Cognitive-Communication in Aging and Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory

Welcome to the homepage for the Cognitive-Communication in Aging and Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory (CCANDL). Our team seeks to understand preclinical signs of dementia, shed light on possible methods of early identification, and explore innovative intervention options. We seek interdisciplinary collaboration and community input for our projects.

Please feel free to contact our team at any time with questions about our work or how you can get involved!


Primary Aims of Our Lab


Understanding neural mechanisms of speech/language in individuals with normal aging, preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Mild CognitiveImpairment (MCI), and other forms of dementia.

Design and testing of identification methods of early cognitive change in the presence of AD biomarkers.

Analysis of naturalistic speech-language samples as a means of gaining insight from subtle changes to communication in the context of aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Creation of multimodal therapeutic interventions to address cognitive-communication difficulties in MCI and dementia due to neurodegenerative disease.

News from CCANDL

  • CCANDL Project Awarded Funding from ADRC

    This August, CCANDL received exciting news from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). The Wisconsin ADRC announced the two projects it would award funding to for its Developmental Project award, and one of CCANDL’s …

  • CCANDL’s Kimberly Mueller Presents our Scientific Findings at AAIC

      On July 16th, 2019, Dr. Kimberly Mueller presented some of CCANDL’s scientific findings at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 (AAIC) in Los Angeles. While CCANDL studies multiple areas of communication, Dr. Mueller specifically …

  • Alzheimer’s Association International Conference Begins

    The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 (AAIC) began on Sunday, July 14th and goes until July 18th. This year, the conference is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The …

  • CARE Elects Dr. Mueller as an Affiliate

    On June 10th, 2019, the Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) appointed Dr. Mueller as an Affiliate. CARE is a program dedicated to improving the lives of people as they age. CARE also hosts …

  • CCANDL Presents at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Summit

    This year, MS students represented CCANDL at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) summit in Wisconsin. They presented our findings that beta-amyloid deposition is associated with declines in connected speech and language in unimpaired …

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