Northwestern University


Partner Since 2021

Toffler Scholar Program

Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community. The Toffler Scholar Program at Northwestern provides early-stage funding and network support to medical researchers working on groundbreaking projects. Students are chosen to become Toffler Scholars for their innovative thinking, research excellence, and demonstrated passion for their work.

“We are grateful for the visionary philanthropy of the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust for their support of scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. With their partnership, our junior faculty members will be able to pursue innovative ideas and projects.”

- Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD

Chair of the Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Toffler Scholars


Dr. Elena Barbieri



Dr. Joe Mazzulli

Toffler Scholar Spotlights

Elena Barbieri

Dr. Elena Barbieri

Dr. Barbieri earned the Toffler Scholar award in 2023 at Northwestern University. She is a Senior Clinical Research Associate in the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center. She researches the areas of the brain that are responsible for language difficulties in patients with aphasia, an acquired language disorder resulting from stroke or neurodegenerative disease.

Dr. Mazzulli

Dr. Mazzulli

Dr. Mazzulli is the inaugural Toffler Scholar at Northwestern University. After earning his PhD and completing his postdoctoral studies, he opened his own lab at Northwestern University to further his research on neurodegeneration processes in disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.


2 Toffler Scholar Awards

2 Year Partnership

$80,000 In Funding To-Date

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