July 12, 2016

About Us

  • 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 Staff

    Arijit K. Bhaumik, BA, CCRP - Research Administrator

    Email: arijit@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-936-8281

    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).

    Holly Bunker, MS - Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator

    Email: hlbunker@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-615-5319

    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 groups

    Stephen Campbell, LLMSW - Research Coordinator

    Email: stepcamp@umich.edu

    Phone: 734-763-2361

    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.

    Erin Fox, BA - Community Relations and Events Coordinator

    Email: eefox@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-232-2459

    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.

    Renee Gadwa, MBA - Outreach and Education Program Manager

    Email: rgadwa@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-764-5137

    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.

    Theresa Gierzynski, MSW - Research Coordinator

    Email: gierzyns@med.umich.edu

    Theresa Gierzynski joined the MADC in July 2018 as a research coordinator. Her role includes administering neuropsychology assessments, recruiting for studies, and participant education. Theresa has been a professional in the field of aging and dementia for nearly a decade. She has formerly worked as a Research Technician at Wayne State University’s Institute of Gerontology on several research projects and was a lead author on a peer-reviewed publication. Theresa was also employed as a Program Coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter and provided education and outreach to healthcare professionals, family caregivers, and those living with dementia. Theresa Gierzynski earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Madonna University in 2011 and her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University in 2018.

    L. Zaid Inpower, BS - Research Coordinator

    Email: linpower@med.umich.edu

    LordZaid Inpower has been with the MADC since July 2018. As Research Coordinator, his role includes studies recruitment and neuropsychological assessment administration. Zaid also assists with the education of current and potential study participants about the various risks of dementia and the benefits associated with participating in research with MADC. Zaid has been in the healthcare field for over a decade and has experience ranging from Health advising to Phlebotomy and also Quality control. Zaid received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies with a minor in Psychology from Michigan State University and completed his Phlebotomy Training at Lansing Community College.

    Yonatan Kahsay, BS - Research Assistant

    Email: ykahsay@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-936-8803

    Yonatan Kahsay joined the Michigan Alzheimers Disease Center as a research assistant in June 2018. His roles include recruiting/scheduling participants and administering neuropsychological assessments. Yonatan received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Philosophy at Central Michigan University.

    Marisa Kelly, BA - Research Assistant

    Email: mbkelly@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-936-8803

    Marisa Kelly joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center as a research assistant in June 2018. Her role includes administering neuropsychological assessments and serving as IRB/Regulatory Affairs support. Marisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2014 and is currently completing her second year as a Premedical Postbaccalaureate through the University of Michigan Medical School's MEDPREP program.

    Nancy Laracey, BA - Center Administrator

    Email: laracey@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-936-8764

    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 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 nearly thirty years of her career to the University of Michigan in various positions in the Medical School.

    Shehroz Malik - Research Assistant

    Email: samalik@med.umich.edu

    Shehroz Malik is a Michigan Brain Bank Laboratory Technician. He has been involved with the Michigan Brain Bank since the winter of 2017. Shehroz plays an important role in distributing samples to Michigan Brain Bank collaborators across the University of Michigan campus and throughout the United States. He is earning a Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology & Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan with an expected graduation date in 2021. He is interested in learning about the brain anatomy and investigating the crucial factors of neurodegenerative pathology. Shehroz intends to attend Medical School and one day become a neurosurgeon.

    Nicolas May, MS - Database Specialist

    Email: ldmay@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-615-3593

    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.

    Rebecca Pantis, BS - Research Coordinator

    Email: repantis@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-615-7421

    Rebecca Pantis joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center as a Research Technician Associate in December 2018. Her role in the clinical core is to administer neurpsychological, cognitive, and behavioral assessments. Rebecca graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

    Matthew Perkins, BS - Michigan Brain Bank Coordinator

    Email: perkmd@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-647-7648

    For autopsy assistance: 734-936-6267 (pager #9198)

    Matthew Perkins is the coordinator of the Michigan Brain Bank. He has been involved in research, specifically research of movement disorders, for over five 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.

    Betsy Posby, NP - Nurse Practitioner

    Email: blwar@med.umich.edu

    Betsy Posby joined the MADC in August 2018. Her role includes administering neurological assessments, recruiting for studies, and providing education to research participants. Betsy started her nursing career as a University of Michigan nursing student and is excited to be back working with Michigan Medicine. Betsy spent six years as a research RN at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, IL. She spent the second half of those 6 years completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Rush University, studying to be an Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. As a nurse practitioner, Betsy has worked in palliative care, long-term care and home health.

    Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW - Wellness Coordinator

    Email: lerice@umich.edu

    Phone: 734-936-8332

    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.

    Taylor Richards - Research Assistant

    Email: rictaylo@med.umich.edu

    Taylor Richards is a Michigan Brain Bank Laboratory Technician. She has been involved with the Michigan Brain Bank since the spring of 2017. Taylor plays an important role in distributing samples to Michigan Brain Bank collaborators across the University of Michigan campus and throughout the United States. Taylor is earning her Bachelor degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience (BCN) from the University of Michigan with an expected graduation date in 2019.

    Marie Robinson, BSN - Research Assistant

    Email: pmar@med.umich.edu

    Marie Robinson joined the MADC in August 2018. Prior to joining the MADC, Marie worked as Community-Based Research Nurse and Outreach Liaison for the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research’s Clinical Research Unit (MICHR/MCRU). Her role at the MADC includes performing phlebotomy and/or collecting saliva, and processing the biospecimen samples for research repositories. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from the University of Michigan.

    Edna Rose, PhD, MSW, RN-BC - Minority Outreach Specialist

    Email: ednarose@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-936-8329

    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.

    Sarah Shair, MS - Research Coordinator

    Email: sshair@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-615-0612

    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 State.

    Sherry Teboe - Data Manager

    Email: steboe@umich.edu

    Phone: 734-936-0836

    Sherry has made her career at the University of Michigan for over forty years and has been a vital member of the MADC team for more than thirty 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.

    Kate Hanson, BA - Data Assistant

    Email: katsch@med.umich.edu

    Phone: 734-764-0212

    Kate Hanson joined the MADC in August 2018 working for the Data Core in Research Support. She earned a Bachelor’s double-major in Psychology and Theater & Drama from the University of Michigan and spent 15 years performing with the Wild Swan Theater and working a “day job” at the Ann Arbor News as a graphic designer. After spending time as a stay-at-home mom, she developed an interest in research and got her start with the wonderful staff here at the MADC.

    Kelly Mattingly, LMSW

    Email: mattingke@med.umich.edu

    Kelly joined the MADC in 2017 as a support group facilitator for care partners of people living with Lewy body dementia.  With a background in hospice, home health, and long term care settings, Kelly has nearly ten years of experience in dementia care.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and her masters from the Denver University School of Social Work in 2009.  Kelly currently supports the Rinne LBD Initiative’s Ann Arbor, Brighton, and Southfield LBD support groups.

    Liz Lakins, MSW Candidate - Social Work Intern

    Email: elakins@emich.edu

    Liz Lakins joined the Center in Fall 2018 as an MSW intern.  She is studying for her master's degree at Eastern Michigan University with a concentration in aging studies.  She has practiced social work for five years in a skilled nursing setting.  Liz loves working with older adults and hopes after graduation to practice psychotherapy with individuals living with dementia and at end-of-life with a strengths-based focus to help others identify their gifts.  At the MADC, Liz will be working with the Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative team to develop programs, facilitate the LBD support groups and help with events.  She will also work with the Wellness Initiative team on caregiver wellness programs and the UM Silver Club’s early memory loss groups.  Liz’s two sons, Ben and Gabe, and her 91-year-old father, who she cares for, are the joys in her life.

    Kameron Kuzich, BA - Data Assistant

    Email: kkuzich@med.umich.edu

    Kameron Kuzich is graduate student at U of M in the Health Behavior Health Education program at the School of Public Health. He grew up in Monroe, Michigan, and after completing hisBachelor degree at Eastern Michigan in 2017 in sociology, he joined the Center assisting in data entry while continuing his education.

    Kimberly Foxworthy, BS - Phlebotomist & Data Assistant

    Email: foxwortk@med.umich.edu

    Kimberly Foxworthy joined the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center in January 2019. She works as both a phlebotomist in the clinical core and as a research assistant in the data core. Kimberly graduated Michigan State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in neuroscience. She is currently in the process of applying to medical schools and hopes to one day become a Michigan physician.


  • Faculty and Investigators

    Roger Albin, MD

    Roger AlbinAssociated 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.

    Neil Alexander, MD, MS

    Dr. Alexander graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis and received a clinical research design and biostatistics master’s degree from University of Michigan. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico Affiliated Hospitals and a geriatrics fellowship at the University of Michigan. He is a past research fellow at the University of Michigan Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Alexander is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. He has a special interest in exercise, mobility, falls and rehabilitation in older adults. He is the Director of the VA Ann Arbor Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center.

    Nancy Barbas, MD, MSW

    nancy_barbas-e1364239437708Associated 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 Assistant 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

    andreabozokiDr. 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.

    Charles Burant, MD, PhD

    Dr. Burant directs a research program that integrates molecular phenotyping (including metabolomics) with dietary, clinical and behavioral phenotypes to understand the development of obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes. He has a specific interest in intermediary metabolism and he has integrated metabolomics with other technologies to gain a more complete understanding of cellular metabolism. Dr. Burant directs the Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (U24), which is one of six NIH-funded metabolomics centers. At the MADC, he provides advice on the use of metabolomics profiling to gain insights into the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases and the potential relationship to metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes and other metabolic states.

    David Burke, PhD

    David Burke, PhD, is a Professor of Human Genetics and a Clinical Core Consultant for the MADC. His research interests include the development of low cost, single nucleotide variant DNA and RNA testing methods which are employed by the MADC in genetic risk factor assessment. The robust methods are currently used in the laboratory to perform over ten thousand human, mouse, viral and bacterial SNP genotypes per year.

    Sandra Camelo-Piragua, MD

    Dr. Camelo-Piragua is a Clinical Assistant professor in the Neuropathology Division at the University of Michigan. She received her M.D. from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, and did her post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Neurologic Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, where she was involved in the study of molecular signature of multiple sclerosis and analyzing the effects of histone deacetylase inhibitors on murine models of multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She received further training in Neuropathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, from 2008-2010. In addition to her clinical and research interests, Dr. Camelo-Piragua enjoys teaching of neuroanatomy and neuropathology to medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Camelo-Piragua is interested in developing information technology tools that help brings the teaching of neuropathology to a broader audience. Dr. Camelo-Piragua is member of American Association of Neuropathologists, European Confederation of Neuropathological Societies, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the College of American Pathologists and is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and in Neuropathology.

    Scott Counts, PhD

    scott-countsDr. 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

    port-dinov-ivo-2013Ivo 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

    hiroko4Dr. 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

    giordaniDr. 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

    yuanfang_guanDr. 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

    markDr. 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

    judy_heidebrink-e1366663002363Dr. 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

    joanDr. 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

    rad_koeppe_bobDr. 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 and Institute for Social Research, a Research Scientist in the Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, and an Associate Director of the Institute of Gerontology, all at the University of Michigan. He is also Associate Director of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a National Institute on Aging funded longitudinal study of 25,000 adults in the United States.

    Dr. Langa received an MD and PhD in Public Policy at the University of Chicago as a Fellow in the Pew Program for Medicine, Arts, and the Social Sciences. He is a board-certified General Internist with an active clinical practice treating adult patients, and he is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).

    Dr. Langa’s research focuses on the epidemiology and costs of chronic disease in older adults, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He has published more than 175 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. He is currently studying population trends in dementia prevalence, and the relationship of common cardiovascular risk factors, as well as acute illnesses such as sepsis and stroke, to cognitive decline and dementia. In 2007 and 2015, Dr. Langa was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, and in 2015 he was also a Visiting Professor at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he continued work on cross-national comparisons of the epidemiology and outcomes of dementia in the United States, England, and other countries around the world.

    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

    andy_liebermanDr. 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.

    Gulin Oz, PhD

    Dr. Gülin Öz is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology who specializes in magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Dr. Oz graduated from Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey with BS degrees in Physics and Chemistry and obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. She continued with postdoctoral training at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) where she joined the faculty as assistant professor in 2006. Here she also served as the MR Core Director of the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) from 2005-2009.

    Henry Paulson, MD, PhD

    henry_paulsonDr. 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

    persad-600w-webDr. 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_robertsScott Roberts, PhD, is a 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.

    Vikram Shakkottai, MD, PhD

    Dr. Vikram Shakkottai is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He is currently the director of the Michigan Brain Bank. He received his MBBS from Christian Medical College in Vellor, Tamil Nadu, India and completed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. His interests include investigating changes in cerebellar physiology in ataxic disorders and determining whether ion channel modulators have a role in the treatment of movement disorders.

    Peter K Todd, MD, PhD

    Location portraits of Roman Giger, Dr. Ken Casey, Dr. Peter Todd, Dr. William Dauer, Sokol Todi, Dr. Tiffany Braley, Dr. Daniel Leventhal, Dr. Vikram Shokkotai, and Edgar Rodriguez in the BSRB (atrium and fourth floor Paulson lab) on 12/16/09.

    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.

    Irving Vega, PhD

    imgresIrving E. Vega obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus, where he was a NIH-Minority Access for Research Careers (MARC) Fellow. Then, he continued his research training in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the Graduate School of New Brunswick, Rutgers University, earning his PhD. Dr. Vega proceeded to a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neuroscience Department at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, where he developed his research career focusing on the identification of proteome changes associated with the accumulation of pathological tau proteins in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. As graduate student and postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Vega was supported by different fellowships including NIH-NRSA F31 and F32. In 2005, Dr. Vega established a research team as faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus. In 2014, Dr. Vega transferred his research program to the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine at Michigan State University. In addition to mentor graduate students that successfully completed their PhD, Dr. Vega also has dedicated his career to develop training programs for undergraduate students in order to increase diversity in the field of neuroscience. His dedication and commitment to mentor the next generation of researchers, especially those from underrepresented ethnic groups in science, is based on his own experiences and serve as the basis for a productive research career.

    Sriram Venneti, MD

    Dr. Venneti is a clinician-scientist who expertise is in Neuropathology and the biology of brain cancer. Dr. Venneti completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology and fellowship in Neuropathology at the University of Pennsylvania followed by postdoctoral work at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Venneti was recruited as a faculty member to the University of Michigan in November 2014. Dr. Venneti’s research interests lie in understanding the biology of brain tumors in adults and children. The projects in the lab are highly translational and focus on integrating epigenetics, cancer metabolism and in vivo imaging techniques to investigate pathogenic mechanisms in adult and pediatric brain tumors. These studies are based on Dr. Venneti’s clinical and research expertise enabling successful translation from the bench top to the bedside. He serves on the editorial board of Brain Pathology and the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. Dr. Venneti is committed to teaching, mentoring and training graduate and medical students and serves as course director for the Neuropathology microscopy course held in the fall of every year.

    Jenna Wiens, PhD

    Dr. Wiens is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science Engineering (CSE) at the University of Michigan. She currently heads the MLD3 research group. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and healthcare. The overarching goal of her research agenda is to develop the computational methods needed to help organize, process, and transform data into actionable knowledge.

    Jieping Ye, PhD

    ye2Dr. 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.


  • Support our fight against Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

    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.

    The MADC experts see enormous opportunity along several research paths. Our clinicians and scientists lead inquiries into disease mechanisms, possible treatments, better diagnosis, and wellness.  At the same time, the MADC is deeply committed to improving the lives of patients with memory loss or dementia and their families through our wellness and educational outreach programs.   Yes, much more work is needed. But the future is bright, and brimming with promise.

    To learn how to help, contact:

    Michelle Davis

    Associate Director of Development, Neurology



    You may also make a gift online or send a check made payable to:


    UMHS Office of Development

    1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100

    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    (Please include a note indicating your area of interest or the fund you wish to support.)

    Memorial Gifts:

    Tribute gifts may be made in honor of someone battling disease, in gratitude to a loved one, or in recognition of a birthday, wedding, anniversary or other occasion. Memorial gifts may be made in memory of a loved one who has passed away.

    To make a memorial or tribute gift, please visit our tribute gifts webpage, or contact the Gift Finance and Handling Team by calling 734-764-6777. You may also mail a check made payable to the University of Michigan to:

    UMHS Development

    1000 Oakbrook Dr Ste 100

    Ann Arbor, MI  48104-6815

    (Please indicate MADC in the memo line of your check)

    If you would like to set up a memorial gift, please contact 734-764-6777 or email UMHSTributes@umich.edu. Our Gift Finance and Handling Team offers several services to make memorial giving easier:

    • Customized giving envelopes
    • Customized giving link for online donations
    • The option to receive a list of names and contact information for those who have made a memorial gift
    • Suggested obituary language: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the University of Michigan Health System to support the MADC. Checks may be made payable to the “University of Michigan” and mailed to the UMHS Office of Development, Attn: Memorial Gifts, 1000 Oakbrook, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI You may also call 734-764-6777 to make your gift.


    Fundraising Events

    Events are a wonderful way to raise awareness and funds for the University of Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Community fundraising events — those planned and organized by supporters like you — make a significant difference in the lives of our patients and families every day. The Health System also hosts a variety of events throughout the year to engage our friends and partners.


    Thank you for being a Victor for the MADC!

  • Contact Us

    To address any questions, comments, or concerns about the MADC, please e-mail us at UM-Ask-MADC@med.umich.edu, call us at 734-936-8803, or fill out the form below.