The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center is located at:
2101 Commonwealth Blvd., Suite D
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Established at the University of Michigan Health System and based in the Department of Neurology, the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center aims to
- Conduct and support research on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders;
- Promote state-of-the-art care and wellness for individuals and families affected by memory loss;
- Increase dementia awareness through collaborative education and outreach efforts.
Our Center goals are guided by an Internal Advisory Board and a Community Advisory Board. To reach our goals, we
- Support recruitment for memory and aging research.
- Connect interested volunteers to research opportunities.
- Provide programs focusing on whole-body health and well-being through our Wellness Initiative.
- Collaborate with three local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association to enhance our community outreach through education programs.
Please view a video from MADC Director, Henry Paulson, MD here.
MADC StaffHenry Paulson, MD, PhD - Director
Dr. Paulson directs the MADC, working closely with MADC staff to define and implement the diverse initiatives through which the center fulfills its three-part mission. He joined the Center as Associate Director in 2009 and assumed Directorship in 2011. He has worked for more than twenty years on degenerative brain diseases, both inherited and acquired. As a neurologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Paulson is deeply committed to translating findings from the research bench to the patient bedside. Toward that goal, he is focused on building connections between scientists, clinicians and the public, not only across the University of Michigan campus but also across the state of Michigan. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Yale University School of Medicine and his Neurology training at the University of Pennsylvania.Bruno Giordani, PhD - Associate Director
Professor, Psychiatry, Neurology, & Psychology Departments, Chief Psychologist, Section Director of Neuropsychology, University of Michigan Health System
Associated with the MADC for over 25 years, Dr. Giordani has a longstanding history of connecting with the community to promote a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. He is the Chief of Psychology, and a tenured Professor in the Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology Departments as well as the School of Nursing. He is a University Faculty Ombuds at the University of Michigan. He has served on the Executive Board of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter (MGLC) since 2007 and has been both its Board Chair and National Representative, as well as a Steering Committee being a member of the national Association’s Assembly Steering Committee. His research initiatives focus on a cross-cultural perspective on the early assessment of cognitive and behavioral changes associated with medical illness and the interaction of cognition and mobility across the life-span. Dr. Giordani completed his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia and received his postdoctoral training in Clinical and Research Neuropsychology at the University of Michigan.Nancy Laracey, BA - Center Administrator
Center Administrator, Department of Neurology, Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center & Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research
Nancy oversees the MADC daily operations and is responsible for administrative, financial and human resources activities. She splits her time in providing administrative and financial management of both the Udall PD Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research and the MADC. Nancy earned her BA degree from Michigan State University. She has an outstanding record of service, having dedicated over twenty-five years of her career to the University of Michigan in various positions in the Medical School.Arijit K. Bhaumik, BA, CCRP - Research Administrator
Arijit is the MADC’s Research Administrator. He has over 10 years experience managing neurodegenerative clinical trials and longitudinal research projects at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Ari's expertise lies in clinical research protocol management and working with cross-generation populations. He has a deep understanding of highly intricate grants that involve multiple investigators at multiple universities, complex budgets, and multiple sub-awards. Ari possesses all of these skills and is recognized by his peers for his ability to bridge the gap between research budgeting, research operations planning and execution of the research strategy at the MADC. He is an excellent communicator, emphasizing creative and dynamic strategies for multicultural, cross-generational and multipurpose understanding of research within our Center. Ari is a key driver of our Center’s goals. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling at Richmond University, London, UK, and studied Cognitive Psychology at the post-baccalaureate level at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is also a Certified Clinical Research Professional (SoCRA).Edna Rose, PhD, MSW, RN-BC - Minority Recruitment Specialist
Since 2008, Dr. Rose has assisted the MADC with connecting to minority communities to provide education about the risk factors associated with dementia and the benefits of participating in research. She has successfully enhanced minority inclusion in our MADC supported studies through linkages at local churches, sororities and other social organizations. Dr. Rose received her MSW and PhD from Clark Atlanta University in Social Work Planning and Administration, and her undergraduate nursing degree from Kennesaw University in Atlanta, GA.Stephen Campbell, LLMSW - Research Coordinator
Stephen aids in the process of helping potential volunteers find a study best suited to their needs and interests. He is most interested in providing ongoing support to research volunteers to help them locate resources in a timely and efficient manner. He earned his Master’s degree in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at Eastern Michigan University.Sarah Shair, MS - Research Coordinator
Sarah administers and scores the neuropsychological assessments for the Memory and Aging Project. In addition, she assists in managing the daily operations of ongoing research studies and participates in outreach and education activities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Wayne StateLaura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW - Wellness Initiative
Since 2012, Laura has lead the Wellness Initiative for the MADC where she designs, implements and evaluates well-being and mindfulness-based programming for caregivers and adults living with dementia. Moved by family experiences with long-term illness and memory loss, Laura has worked in dementia care since 1994 in a variety of capacities. She was the first Director of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center Silver Club Memory Loss Programs prior to serving as clinical manager of the Early Stage Initiative for the Los Angeles regional Alzheimer’s Association. She is a national and state presenter on memory loss and caregiver well-being and holds advanced professional certifications in aging, dementia and contemplative clinical care. Laura received her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.Renee Gadwa, MBA - Outreach and Education Program Manager
Renee is responsible for the management, performance and completion of OR Core activities at the MADC and in the community. She leads a wide range of MADC educational events, including health fairs, lectures and community presentations. Renee's job also focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of all activities and programs of the Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative. Renee has nearly ten years of experience in dementia care, education, and support in the long term care setting. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and her MBA in Healthcare Management from Southern New Hampshire University.Sherry Teboe - Data Manager
Sherry has made her career at the University of Michigan for over thirty years and has been a vital member of the MADC team for more than twenty of those years. Sherry is involved in creating the secure data entry system. She ensures that all data collected from MADC supported studies remain confidential and ready for analysis by research investigators who are interested in enhancing our understanding of memory loss and dementia. She is very interested in spending time with the elderly to grow from their years of wisdom and their wonderful sense of humor.Matthew Perkins, BS - Michigan Brain Bank Coordinator
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Matthew Perkins is the coordinator of the Michigan Brain Bank. He has been involved in research, specifically research of movement disorders, for over two years. Matthew coordinates the MADC’s brain autopsy services and collaborates with research groups across the University of Michigan campus. He is passionate about improving clinical care and research through his involvement in autopsy services. Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. For more information about the Michigan Brain Bank, visit the website.Ashley Miller, BS, MPH Candidate - OR Core Assistant
Ashley is an assistant for the Outreach and Recruitment Team. She aids the center with outreach activities including staffing information tables, helping to plan MADC events, and organizing materials needed for activities and events. She also assists with disseminating center news through MADC newsletters and social media. She is currently in her second year of her Master’s program in Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health.Lisa Gustafson, BS - Research Assistant
Lisa Gustafson has been a member of the Clinical Core since May 2017. Her work at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center includes administering neuropsychological assessments, recruiting research participants for a variety of studies, participant education, and assisting with data entry and analysis. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Spanish from the University of Michigan.Allison Moll, BS - Research Assistant
Allison joined the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research assistant in June 2017. Her role includes administering neuropsychology assessments, recruiting for studies, and participant education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.Rachael Snyder, BS - Research Assistant
Rachael Snyder joined the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research assistant in July 2017. Her role includes recruiting and scheduling research participants as well as administering neuropsychological assessments. Rachael earned her Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.Holly Bunker, MS - Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator
Holly Bunker joined the MADC in February of 2018 as the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator. Holly has a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master's degree in Health Education from Wayne State University. She has worked most recently as a scheduler in the Pediatric Pulmonary Lab at Mott's Children's Hospital. She also previously worked as a health educator at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. She currently lives in South Lyon with her husband and two daughters. Holly will be responsible for recruiting and scheduling for MADC supported research studies, supporting the MADC REC Core, staffing information tables at MADC sponsored educational and health fair events, and assisting with the Lewy Body Dementia support groupsErin Fox, BA - Community Relations and Events Coordinator
Erin Fox is the MADC Community Relations and Events Coordinator. Erin comes from a career in the food manufacturing industry. She brings a background in communications, marketing, and event planning from working with national brands like SUNSET Produce and Eden Foods. Passionate about health and wellness, Erin couldn’t be more excited to transition into the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Erin graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Communication Studies. Erin will be responsible for coordinating the communications, planning and marketing of Center programs and events in the community. She will plan events for the center including health fairs, symposiums, and fundraisers, she will maintain media for the center including press releases, social media, website maintenance and newsletters, and she will create informational and marketing materials for the center.
Morgan Perry, BS, MPH Candidate - Data Core Assistant
Morgan Perry joined the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research assistant in January 2018. She is part of the data core, assisting with data entry, verification, and finalization. Morgan is a Master’s in Public Health candidate at the University of Michigan-Flint. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies and Biology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.Nicolas May, MS - Database Specialist
Nic joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center in February of 2018. Nic is a database specialist working with the Data Management and Statistical Core team and Clinical Core team. He helps ensure the integrity and security of high-quality data collected and managed by the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center. Prior to joining the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center, Nic managed and analyzed large volumes of sensitive educational measurement data in the language assessment field. He earned a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Katrina Macaraeg, MS - Data Core Assistant
Katrina Macaraeg joined the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research assistant in February 2018. She is part of the Data Core research team where she assists with data entry in addition to data compilation and verification for PIs requesting research statistics. Katrina earned her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences at Eastern Mennonite University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech. Her thesis focused on a treatment regimen for Age-related Macular Degeneration. Her research interests are in Neuro-ophthalmology, memory loss and dementia.
Faculty and InvestigatorsRoger Albin, MD
Associated with the MADC as the Research Education Component Core Leader, Dr. Albin is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan. He held the title of Brain Bank Director at the University of Michigan from 1998 through January of 2016. In addition to caring for patients with cognitive disorders, he studies basic disease mechanisms and participates in human imaging studies seeking to improve our diagnosis of dementing disorders. He also performs research on brain chemical factors that influence the production of beta-amyloid, a key disease protein in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Albin is passionate about advancing disease knowledge so that we can treat patients better. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh and received his Neurology training at the University of Michigan.Nancy Barbas, MD, MSW
Associated with the MADC for many years, Dr. Barbas is Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of the Cognitive Disorders Clinic at the University of Michigan Health System. She has been on the faculty of University of Michigan Medical School and Health System since 1991. Dr. Barbas’s clinical interests include cognitive disorders in adults, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and general geriatric neurology. She is active in clinical trial research for treatment development for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. She actively trains the next generation of professionals, teaching them state-of-art dementia care techniques and research skills. She has published articles and chapters on dementia topics. Nan has spent the majority of her years in higher education in Ann Arbor, Michigan obtaining Bachelors of Arts (BA), Masters in Social Work (MSW), and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees from the University of Michigan. She continued her training at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston completing a Neurology Residency and a Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship.Sami Barmada, MD, PhD
Dr. Barmada currently serves as Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan. He was recruited from UCSF to the University of Michigan in 2013. Dr. Barmada divides his time between the laboratory, Cognitive Disorders Program, and the classroom. In his investigations of molecular mechanisms in FTD including TDP43 proteinopathies, Dr. Barmada employs automated microscopy. He treats patients in the Cognitive Disorders Program, with an emphasis on individuals with dementia and motor neuron disease. Dr. Barmada is also an Assistant Professor of Neurology.Andrea Bozoki, MD
Dr. Andrea Bozoki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and Department of Radiology at Michigan State University. The focus of her individual scholarship has been the exploration of cognitive function during the transition between healthy aging and early dementia. In particular, she is interested in the structure-function relationships underlying the evolution of de novo Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as understanding what factors can prevent or allay cognitive decline during aging. Her work has utilized primarily neuropsychometric testing along with functional and structural MR imaging. More recently, she has included amyloid and FDG-PET data to examine the relative advantages of using a broader multi-modal imaging approach to biomarker development.Scott Counts, PhD
Dr. Counts is an Associate Professor of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine at Michigan State University. The goal of his research is to understand the molecular pathogenic mechanisms of selective neuronal vulnerability in the preclinical and prodromal stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). His pre-doctoral training with Dr. Allan Levey at Emory emphasized the importance of combining carefully controlled human tissue research with cellular and molecular modeling to reveal potential pathways underlying AD progression. He is the MSU liaison for the UM ADC Neuropathology Core and Brain Bank. His duties include generating awareness and providing training to MSU investigators in the procurement and use of postmortem tissue and bio-specimens from UM for dementia research. He also serves as the MSU representative to the Brain Bank Tissue Request Committee.Ivo Dinov, PhD
Ivo Dinov, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Systems and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. He is also the Director of the National Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR). Dr. Dinov is an expert on statistical computing, high-throughput data analytics, analysis of high dimensional imaging datasets, and health science and STEM education. At the MADC, Dr. Dinov will assist in data analytics and statistical modeling efforts. He will also provide expertise in fusion of neuroimaging, clinical, phenotypic and genetics data.Hiroko Dodge, PhD
Dr. Dodge is the Milton and Carolyn Kevreson Research Professor of Neurology and Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Neurology in the University of Michigan Department of Neurology. She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She serves as a statistical editor for Alzheimer’s & Dementia (the official journal of the Alzheimer’s Association) and a senior associate editor for Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Advancements, a sister journal of Alzheimer’s & Dementia. She also serves on the statistical editorial board for International Psychogeriatrics. Dr. Dodge joined the MADC as the Data Core Leader in 2010. She has been successfully directing two Alzheimer’s Disease Centers’ Biostatistics and Data Cores: the Michigan ADC and the NIA-funded Layton Aging ADC at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon. These dual positions allow her to facilitate collaborations between the two centers. Dr. Dodge’s research interests are diverse and include a) distinguishing normal cognitive aging from pathological cognitive decline, b) testing whether stimulation through social interactions can improve cognitive functions, c) clinical trial methods, and d) examining lifestyle and environmental factors that lead to healthy cognitive aging. A native of Japan, she has a longitudinal cohort in Okinawa, Japan and collaborates with the Okinawa Centenarian Study group.
For more information about Hiroko, visit her webpage here.Bruno Giordani, PhD
Dr. Giordani is a Chief of Psychology, and a tenured Professor in the Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology Departments as well as the School of Nursing. He is a University Faculty Ombuds at the University of Michigan. Associated with the MADC for over 25 years, Dr. Giordani has a longstanding history of connecting with the community to promote a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. He has served on the Executive Board of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter (MGLC) since 2007 and has been both its Board Chair and National Representative, as well as a Steering Committee being a member of the national Association’s Assembly Steering Committee. His research initiatives focus on a cross-cultural perspective on the early assessment of cognitive and behavioral changes associated with medical illness and the interaction of cognition and mobility across the life-span. Dr. Giordani completed his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia and received his postdoctoral training in Clinical and Research Neuropsychology at the University of Michigan.Yuangfang Guan, PhD
Dr. Guan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD training in functional genomics at Princeton University followed by a brief postdoctoral fellowship, also at Princeton. In 2011, she joined the University of Michigan where her research as an independent investigator focused on developing generic, first-principle computational solutions to large-scale biomedical data. She has created seven best-performing algorithms in the past three years, breaking the record of DREAM’s (Dialogue of Reverse Engineering and Methods) 10 years of history. She has best-performing algorithms in areas such as population genetics, DNA variation, transcriptome data, proteomic data, medical imaging, biochemical structures, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and most notably, Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive impairment.Mark Haacke, PhD
Dr. Haacke is an original pioneer of MR angiographic imaging, fast imaging and cardiovascular imaging, and more recently has developed a powerful new method for imaging veins, micro-hemorrhaging and iron called Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI). His research has focused on studying the role of magnetic field variations in the human body and applying the results to clinical translational research. SWI may in fact become an important biomarker not just for different forms of iron but in investigating the etiology of a number of key diseases such as aging, multiple sclerosis, stroke and trauma. More recently his work has focused on extending SWI to quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) as a means to map iron and oxygen saturation.Benjamin Hampstead, PhD, ABPP/CN
Dr. Hampstead joined the U-M faculty in September 2014 as an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Staff Neuropsychologist in the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System. He is the Clinical Core Leader at the MADC. Dr. Hampstead is an expert in functional imaging and nonpharmacological approaches to enhance age-related memory function (e.g., cognitive rehabilitation and direct brain stimulation). Through his appointment in the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, he is well-positioned to ensure that our older veterans have access to cutting-edge research and clinical procedures.Judy Heidebrink, MD, MS
Dr. Heidebrink is a Richard D. and Katherine M. O’Connor Research Professor and has been affiliated with the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center since 1995, when she began her fellowship training in Geriatric Neurology. She is also the Director of the Cognitive Disorders Clinic at the University of Michigan. Her clinical and research interests focus on improving the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Dr. Heidebrink leads the University of Michigan’s participation in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). This landmark study uses brain imaging and other biomarkers to evaluate the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. ADNI data support the belief that brain changes occur many years before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease emerge. ADNI techniques will soon be used to identify persons with very early Alzheimer’s pathology, in order to study therapies that might halt the disease even before symptoms appear. Judy attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and received her Neurology training at the University of Michigan.Joan Ilardo, PhD
Dr. Ilardo is the Director of the Research Initiatives at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Office of Research and the Co-Director of the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan. As the Executive Director of the Michigan Aging Education Collaborative she interacts with all the major players in the aging network throughout Michigan on a regular basis. She currently has a leadership role in several statewide initiatives related to sustaining and scaling up evidenced-based educational programs in self-management (Stanford CDSMP model), caregiver training (dementia), and advance care planning. As a member of the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging, she serves on a 15-member commission that oversees Michigan’s implementation of the Older Americans Act through the state aging unit (Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency) and has access to government officials and legislators involved in aging policy and services in Michigan.Robert Koeppe, PhD
Dr. Koeppe is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan and the Director of the PET Physics Section of the Division of Nuclear Medicine. His research interests center around the quantitative aspects of positron emission tomography (PET). Specific research areas include the development and implementation of tracer kinetic models for new and existing positron labeled radiotracers, development of optimal techniques for estimation of physiological quantities, and development and implementation of automated image analysis routines for use with PET. Another specific area of research is the use of PET cerebral blood flow activation studies to examine various cognitive and neurological functions of the brain. Other research interests include the correlation and comparison of information obtained from PET studies to that obtained from corresponding anatomic imaging procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging.Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD
Dr. Langa is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, a Research Investigator in the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs HSR&D Center, a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research, and Social Research, Director of the Institute of Gerontology, at the University of Michigan. He is a Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a National Institute on Aging funded longitudinal study of 20,000 adults in the United States. He is also Lead Investigator for the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS), a supplemental study to the HRS regarding the risk factors, epidemiology, and outcomes of dementia. He is the recipient of a Career Development Award and R01 grants from the National Institute on Aging, a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Award, and a New Investigator Award from the Alzheimer's Association. In 2007, Dr. Langa was a visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Public Health at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England.Peter Lichtenberg, PhD
Dr. Lichtenberg is the Research Education Component Core Co-Leader of the MADC, the director of the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, and Co-Director of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). He is an expert in Geriatric Psychology and a national leader in addressing health disparities in elderly minority populations. In his role at Wayne State University, Dr. Lichtenberg has founded the IOG pre-doctoral training program in aging and urban health, was the Principle Investigator on a National Institute of Aging training grant from 2001-2012, and has helped train nearly fifty doctoral students in an intensive aging research program. As the MADC Clinical Core Co-Leader, Peter has been instrumental in the MADC’s success with recruiting underrepresented minorities in Detroit.Andrew Lieberman, MD, PhD
Dr. Lieberman is MADC Neuropathology Core Leader, Abrams Collegiate Professor of Pathology, and Director of Neuropathology at the University of Michigan. He is internationally known for his research on the mechanism of inherited degenerative brain disorders. He is passionate about understanding how brain cells “handle” the abnormal proteins that accumulate in so many brain diseases including the dementias, so that we can design rational approaches to therapy. Dr. Lieberman received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland Medical School, and completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology and fellowship training in Neuropathology at the University of Pennsylvania.Henry Paulson, MD, PhD
Dr. Paulson directs the MADC, working closely with MADC staff to define and implement the diverse initiatives through which we fulfill our three-part mission. Dr. Paulson is also a Lucile Groff Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan. He joined the Center as Associate Director in 2009 and assumed Directorship in 2011. He has worked for more than 20 years on degenerative brain diseases, both inherited and acquired. As a neurologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Paulson is deeply committed to translating findings from the research bench to the patient bedside. Toward that goal, he is focused on building connections between scientists, clinicians and the public, not only across the U-M campus but also across the state of Michigan. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Yale University School of Medicine and his Neurology training at the University of Pennsylvania.Carol Persad, PhD
Dr. Persad is the Director of the Neuropsychology Clinic at the University of Michigan. This clinic conducts neuropsychological assessments on over 3,000 patents a year with a range of medical, psychiatric and neurological disorders across the lifespan, and houses a large accredited postdoctoral fellowship training program.Scott Roberts, PhD
Scott Roberts, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the U-M School of Public Health, where he directs its certificate program in Public Health Genetics and co-directs a dual master’s degree program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling. Dr. Roberts conducts research related to health education and support services in AD and has served since 2001 as Co-PI of the NIH-funded REVEAL Study, a NIH-funded series of randomized clinical trials evaluating the impact of disclosing genetic risk information to individuals with a family history of AD. Prior to coming to U-M, Dr. Roberts served as Co-Director of the Education Core in the NIA-funded Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He now directs the MADC Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core.Peter K Todd, MD, PhD
An Assistant Professor of Neurology and the Bucky and Patti Harris Collegiate Professor in Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Michigan, Dr. Todd explores the molecular mechanisms in neurodegenerative diseases with a particular interest in repeat expansion diseases such as the recently discovered C9ORF72 expansion underlying frontotemporal dementia. Dr. Todd is also a staff neurologist at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. He has worked in the field of Fragile X research for almost 20 years.Jieping Ye, PhD
Dr. Ye is an Associate Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. For the last thirteen years, he has been conducting fundamental research in machine learning and data mining, developing computational methods for biomedical data analysis, and building informatics software. He leads the development of the SLEP (Sparse Learning with Efficient Projections) package, which includes implementations of large-scale sparse learning models, and the MALSAR (Multi-tAsk Learning via StructurAl Regularization) package, which includes implementations of state-of-the-art multi-task learning models. Currently, there are about 4,500 active users from over 25 different countries. With close collaboration with researchers at the biomedical field, he has successfully applied these methods for analyzing biomedical data, including clinical image data and genotype data from Alzheimer’s patients.Deborah Levine, MD, MPH
Dr. Levine’s research aims to improve the lives and care of adults with chronic disease. Primary research interests are the epidemiology, prevention, and care of stroke and cognitive impairment, with a focus on vascular risk factors, adherence, and health disparities. Her research includes improving the quality of stroke care; stroke-related dementia and cognitive impairment; and reducing healthcare disparities in cardiovascular disease and stroke. She also focuses on quality improvement program design, implementation and evaluation research, and research on provider behavior. Some of her research is examining cognitive outcomes after stroke, seeking to understand the predictors and long-term trajectory of cognitive decline after stroke.Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad, MD
After completing his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Michigan, Navid Seraji joined the Wayne State community as a research assistant in the Brain Imaging Laboratory in 1998. He was accepted into the Neuroscience graduate program and continued work on high field Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. He graduated from WSU medical school in 2007, and after completing his Internal Medicine and Neurology residency he joined the Neurology department as a neurohospitalist in 2013. As a neurohospitalist, his clinical duties include hospital care of neurology patients. He is also involved in quality control measures, and whole patient care both in the hospital, and after discharge. The interaction of body and brain in disease state are of particular interest to him, both in terms of neurological manifestations of systemic disease, and effect of neurological disease on other systems. His research experience is in the field of MR imaging. He is interested in biomarkers of brain injury and repair, as it applies to various degenerative disorders, including Alzheimers disease. Dr. Seraji is involved in the resident education programs, including development of interactive curriculum suited to adult learning. He also instructs the residents in evidence-based medicine, and runs the resident journal club.Kevin Jones, PhD
Dr. Jones received his PhD from Duke University Medical School and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ramon y Cajal Institute, Department of Neural Plasticity in Madrid, Spain. He was also an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Department of Basic Medical Sciences and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Neuroscience in the Children’s Research Institute, Wash, DC. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at Howard University in Washington, DC.
The goal of the Jones Lab is to identify novel therapeutic approaches to improve iGluR dysfunction. Dysfunctional neurotransmission through iGluRs contribute to the pathophysiology of many psychiatric and neurological disorders. Recent evidence suggests expression of the iGluR subunit, GluA4, may be dramatically reduced in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patients (Xiao et al., 2017). The Jones lab is interested in replicating the findings of Xiao et al. Specifically, they wish to
compare the expression of GluA4 in tissue samples of controls and AD patients from the University of Michigan Brain Bank.
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In the lab and clinic, the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center is working to help families and patients understand and cope with the challenges associated with memory loss and dementia. In recent years, the Center has pushed forward on promising research, launched a wellness initiative and worked collaboratively to link patients and families, as well as clinicians and scientists, with important resources.
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