Announcing the Recipients of the Mezey Travel Award

The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center is committed to promoting the advancement of dementia research skills in junior faculty through the provision of training resources. Established with the generous support of the Chawla family, the Isadore & Margaret Mezey award will pay for travel expenses for three junior investigators associated with their participation in national or international conferences focusing on the latest discoveries in neurodegenerative research and clinical practices. Awardees have a keen interest in advancing their careers in the dementia field and use the award for participation in annual meetings associated with major brain-related associations or societies.

This year’s junior investigators receiving the Mezey Travel Award are:


Shannon J. Moore, PhD

Dr. Moore presented “Does acarbose treatment diffentially affect physiological or pathological mechanisms in the 5xFAD mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease?” at the 48th Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego this past November.


Neika Sharifian, PhD

Dr. Sharifian will be presenting “The Longitudinal Association between Social Network Composition and Episodic Memory in Older Adulthood: The Importance of Social Engagement with Friends” at the International Neuropsychological Society Annual Conference in New York City this coming February.


Sheria Robinson-Lane, PhD, RN

Dr. Robinson-Lane presented “Adaptive Coping Among Black Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: A Pilot Study” at the Gerontological Society of America conference in Boston this past November.