Renã A.S. Robinson Expands Research on Racial Disparities in Alzheimer's

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A new $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health is enabling Vanderbilt University chemist Renã A.S. Robinson to expand her research on racial disparities in Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Robinson, an associate professor of chemistry and Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor Faculty Fellow, is the co-principal investigator on the R01 grant, which is designed to develop and test recruiting materials aimed at encouraging older African Americans to participate in Alzheimer’s research.

Exploratory Vanderbilt Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Announced

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Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center is one of four newly-minted exploratory Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (ADRC) funded by an NIA P20 grant. The P20 grant awards are designed to allow programs to build capacity as they work towards becoming a full P30-funded ADRC. Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center fills an important service gap in the southeastern U.S. and makes key research contributions to the ADRC network.

View Our 2020 Impact Report

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The 2019-2020 fiscal year was productive for the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center. View our 2020 Impact Report here to learn about important scientific findings and programmatic achievements from this year.

Connection between ATP8B1 gene and Alzheimer's resilience

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Dr. Tim Hohman recently presented findings from a genome-wide association study (GWAS) that confirmed a link between resilience to Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology and ATP8B1, a gene also involved with bile processing in the liver. Dr. Hohman's approach harmonized data from four different study cohorts, giving his team an exceptionally large sample size (5,108) to work with.

2016 INS Conference in Boston, MA

February 16, 2016
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Members of our Memory & Aging Project (MAP) team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to join national and international experts studying neuroscience and brain health at the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Conference. We are proud to announce that our team delivered 8 research presentations at this 4-day conference.

JAMA feature highlights Dr. Timothy Hohman’s research on resilience

December 15, 2015
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Pathology is not destiny. So say the more than 1200 brains autopsied so far as part of the Rush Memory and Aging Project and the Religious Orders Study, a pair of massive prospective studies that have tracked the cognitive status of nearly 3000 elders for about 2 decades (Bennett DA et al. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012;9[6]:646-663, and Bennett DA et al. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012;9[6]:628-645).

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Bell and Dr. Katherine Gifford on their Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards

September 10, 2015
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Two faculty members of the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center are among a handful of 2015 scholars for the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program. Clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor of Neurology Katherine Gifford, Psy.D., and geriatric cardiologist and assistant professor of Medicine Susan Bell, MBBS, MSCI, have received the awards and will learn who the other scholars are in October.

Dr. Angela Jefferson comments on how community based training and service learning benefits medical students and the community

June 1, 2015
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The opportunity to help people in their communities was a compelling factor in the decision of John Nixon, MD, to enroll at Rush Medical College. During his first year of medical school, he was one of the student volunteers who drove more than two dozen outreach efforts in the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP).

Vanderbilt Reporter feature on Dr. Angela Jefferson's research on poor heart function and Alzheimer’s disease risk

March 3, 2015
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A healthier heart could prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The study, published online Feb. 19 in Circulation, associates heart function with the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Participants with decreased heart function, measured by cardiac index, were two to three times more likely to develop significant memory loss over the follow-up period.

Vanderbilt Reporter feature on Dr. Timothy Hohman's research on the genetics behind Alzheimer’s resiliency

April 10, 2014
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Autopsies have revealed that some individuals develop the cellular changes indicative of Alzheimer’s disease without ever showing clinical symptoms in their lifetime. Vanderbilt University Medical Center memory researchers have discovered a potential genetic variant in these asymptomatic individuals that may make brains more resilient against Alzheimer’s.


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