August 23, 2016


Internal Advisory Board

Julia Bynum, MD, MPH (Chair)

Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatric & Palliative Medicine, earned her BS from Union College, an MPH from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public Health, and an MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. One of Bynum’s contributions to the field has been to develop a method of creating “virtual” physician-hospital networks that allows the measurement of care delivered and its outcomes for a population served by a specific group of providers. These networks were used in the conceptual development of the Accountable Care Organization(ACO) legislation. Dr. Bynum joins us from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI), Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH.

Donovan Maust, MD, MS

Donovan T. Maust, M.D., M.S., is a geriatric psychiatrist and health services researcher. He has two primary areas of research interest. First, he is interested in understanding both the drivers and consequences of potentially inappropriate psychotropic use among older adults, focusing on benzodiazepines and antipsychotics. In addition, his research explores the factors that drive the potentially inappropriate healthcare utilization of patients with dementia.

Dr. Maust earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, with further training in health services research at the University of Michigan. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a research scientist in the Center for Clinical Management Research of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Toni Antonucci, PhD

Dr. Toni Antonucci is the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology in the University of Michigan Department of Psychology and a Senior Research Scientist at the U-M Institute of Social Research Life Course. Her research focuses on social relations and health across the life span, including multigenerational studies of the family and comparative studies of social relations across the life span in the United States, Europe and Japan. We are currently collecting a second wave of data on the Social Relations and Health across the Life Span study. She also co-leads the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer's Disease (MCCFAD) which focuses on the education and enrollment into dementia research for Arab Americans and Hispanics.

Keith Whitfield, PhD

Keith E. Whitfield became provost of Wayne State University on June 1, 2016. Previously, he was vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University, and held appointments as professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, research professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. He also was the co-director of the Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research.

An expert on aging among African Americans, Dr. Whitfield has published 200 articles, books and book chapters on cognition, health, and individual development and aging. He is a longtime member of the advisory board of Wayne State’s Institute on Gerontology, has participated in a number of committees for the National Academies of Sciences and Medicine, and has served on several study sections for the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Whitfield earned a bachelor’s in psychology from the College of Santa Fe, a PhD in lifespan developmental psychology from Texas Tech University, and received postdoctoral training in quantitative genetics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Jack Lipton, PhD

Jack W. Lipton, PhD is the Chair and Professor of Translational Neuroscience at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 in Psychology. He went on to earn his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at UCLA in 1993 with Dr. Michael J. Fanselow. After finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at Rush Children's Hospital in Chicago with Dr. Paul M. Carvey, Dr. Lipton was offered an assistant professorship at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) in the Department of Pharmacology in 1996 where he established a research program examining the consequences of fetal exposure to cocaine and ecstasy on the developing brain. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Neurological Sciences in 2002. In 2004, Dr. Lipton and a team of his colleagues from RUMC relocated to the University of Cincinnati (UC). He was promoted to full professor in 2004 and became the Director of the Division of Neuropharmacology in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Lipton joined the MSU College of Human Medicine in July of 2009 and is currently Chair of the Department of Translational Neuroscience. Dr. Lipton and his colleagues Dr. Timothy Collier, Dr. Kathy Steece-Collier and Dr. Caryl Sortwell, have been designated a Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research. Dr. Lipton has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1993 through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. He is the author of over 50 papers and book chapters on the pharmacology and toxicology of drugs of abuse and the neurobiology of Parkinson's disease. In his spare time, he can often be found tinkering on old motorcycles in his backyard.

F. DuBois Bowman, PhD

Dr. Bowman is the Dean of the School of Public Health. He earned a B.S. degree in mathematics from Morehouse College, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He earned a master's in biostatistics from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Bowman's areas of study include Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, schizophrenia, and substance addiction. His research has helped to reveal brain patterns that reflect disruption from psychiatric diseases, detect biomarkers for neurological diseases, and determine more individualized therapeutic treatments. Additionally, his work seeks to determine threats to brain health from environmental exposures and to optimize brain health in aging populations.

Darlene K. Racz, MSW, LMSW

University of Michigan

Ms. Racz has worked in community-based adarlene-leadershipging and human services programs for more than 30 years. She is a licensed social worker whose special interests include aging and consultation on caring for an aging relative. She holds a specialist in aging certificate and a post-M.S.W. certificate in human services management, both from the University of Michigan. Ms. Racz is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers since May 1982, Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology since March 2007. She is a former member of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging Advisory Counsel. She has presented on a number of aging-related topics for the National Counseling on Aging, and is a past elected delegate to the Michigan White House Conference on Aging.

Donna McDonald, BA

Wayne State University

donnaDonna began working at the Institute of Gerontology in May of 2006. Currently she is the Director of Community Outreach and Professional Development  for the Institute. Donna provides direction for the Art of Aging Conference, Issues in Aging Conference, Speaker’s Bureau, Windows on the World of Aging, HBE learning series and the Healthier Black Elder’s Health Reception.  The Institute is now offering several continuing education opportunities that Donna is at the helm of as well.   Her primary focus is to educate the senior population in a wide variety of topics, from Alzheimer’s Research to Creative Aging Techniques and everything in between. The outreach department feels it is imperative to bring our research to the forefront and arm seniors with the necessary information for them to make informed decisions about their futures and their health care needs. Donna has the ability to interact with the aging population in a positive and respectful manner, realizing they are the key to the health and longevity of future generations.

Jennifer Howard, MSW

Alzheimer’s Association Great Lakes Chapter


Jennifer Howard has served as the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter for the past four years but has been involved with the Association for about 15 years as a volunteer and staff member. Her current responsibilities include oversight of the care and support of over 55,000 individuals in Michigan with dementia, fundraising activities for the organization and oversight of all public policy efforts in Michigan. Jennifer has worked with state legislators to introduce, pass and implement legislation to benefit those in Michigan with dementia. She has participated in and lead volunteers through two national advocacy forums in Washington D.C. for the Alzheimer’s Association. Jennifer’s education includes a BA in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on gerontology, clinical practice and community organization from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to working for the Alzheimer’s Association, Jennifer served as a clinical social worker for Turner Geriatric Clinic at the University of Michigan. Her work there included patient assessment, family and individual counseling, family mediation, patient education, grant writing, student education and mentoring, care management and support group facilitation.

Keri Sederburg, MPA

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


Keri Sederburg is executive director for the Aging and Adult Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.In that role, she serves as the chief advocate for more than 2 million older adults in Michigan, directing nearly $100 million in federal and state funding for aging programs and helping to shape policies that provide older adults the services they need.  Previously, she served as director of the Office of Services to the Aging, a position to which Gov. Rick Snyder appointed her in 2011.  She also has served as director of public policy for the Michigan Nonprofit Association, vice president for marketing and communications at the Gerontology Network in Grand Rapids, a senior account executive at The Rossman Group and as program officer for the Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Kevin Foley, MD, FACP

Michigan State University


Dr. Foley is director of academic and clinical operations in geriatrics in the Department of Family Medicine. His primary role is to be the academic leader of geriatric medicine at MSU. He also holds a secondary appointment in the CHM Department of Medicine. His key responsibilities include developing a statewide network of fellowship programs in geriatric medicine in affiliation with existing MSU Family Medicine residency training programs; assuming directorship of one of the fellowship training programs, at Sparrow hospital; teaching geriatric medicine to residents in the colleges of Human Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine; and instructing medical students. In addition to providing clinical care at the Sparrow Geriatric Health Center, he serves as medical director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Service in the neuroscience department at Saint Mary’s Health Care in Grand Rapids.Dr. Foley completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Michigan. He was formerly a staff geriatrician at the Cleveland Clinic.

Salli Bollin, MSW

Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter

salli_bollin_webSalli Bollin, MSW, is the Executive Director of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, serving 24 counties. As executive director, Ms. Bollin is responsible for strategic planning, program development, and public policy activities at local, state and federal levels. Ms. Bollin also is an Adjunct Instructor in Gerontology at Bowling Green State University and received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan.

Alan Dengiz, MD

Geriatrics Center, Clinical Assistant Professor, UMHS

dengizA geriatrician in the Geriatrics Center, Dr. Dengiz has long been interested in dementing disorders.  He has participated in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and enjoys lecturing to health care professionals and the lay public on age-related diseases affecting the brain.

MADC Consultants

Neil Alexander, MD, MS

Research Education Core Consultant — University of Michigan

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.

Charles Burant, MD, PhD

Clinical Core Consultant — University of Michigan

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

Clinical Core Consultant — University of Michigan

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.
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.

Peter Lichtenberg, PhD

Outreach and Recruitment Core Consultant - Wayne State University

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.

Robert Koeppe, PhD

Data Management and Statistical Core Consultant - University of Michigan

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.

Gulin Oz, PhD

Clinical Core Consultant — University of Minnesota

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.

Peter Todd, MD, PhD

Neuropathology Core Consultant - University of Michigan

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

Research Education Core Consultant — Michigan State University

Irving 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.

Jenna Wiens, PhD

Data Management and Statistical Core Consultant — University of Michigan

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.