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.

Vanderbilt’s Geriatric Cardiology Clinic creates path to better health for older adults

October 10, 2013
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Thomas Kent has never met a stranger. He is quick to share tales about his time as a music manager in Las Vegas or to pull out one of his favorite one-liners. He says he’s the only Quaker minister in town with a wife behind the pulpit to strike a “bada-bing” after each joke. What can be difficult about Kent is getting him to talk about his health. “I’ve seen a lot and I’ve been lucky. For example, I had my first heart attack while I was already here at Vanderbilt. It’s a good place to be if something happens,” Kent said.