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Primary Faculty Mentors and ADRD Research Areas

Faculty Member Research Area

Amanda Szabo-Reed

Exercise, Physical activity, Weight loss, Cognitive function, fMRI

Jaime Perales Puchalt

health, aging and social justice

Matthew Taylor

understanding the impact of nutrition on brain aging

Laura Martin

Population health

Doug Wright

Pathogenesis of nerve dysfunction and pain

Chad Slawson

O-GlcNAcylation in growth and development

Debra Sullivan

Dietary intake and behavior modification interventions

Joseph Donnelly, Jr

Nutrition, physical activity, and comorbidities in special populations. 

Lauren Ptomey

Promotion of weight management and physical activity in individuals with disabilities

Aditi Gupta

Geriatric nephrology with a focus on cognitive impairment and quality of life in patients with kidney diseases

John Thyfault

Sedentary behavior plays in chronic diseases

Paige Geiger

Molecular mechanisms that underlie chronic disease like obesity, diabetes, and neurodegeneration

Heather Wilkins

Understanding of the relationships between brain energy metabolism and AD pathological mechanisms.

Eric Vidoni

Community and lab-based exercise and lifestyle modification trials

Jeff Burns

Roles of lifestyle factors (such as exercise, diet, and blood pressure) influence brain aging and AD progression

Jill Morris

Systemic and brain energy metabolism in cognitively healthy aging and Alzheimer's Disease

Russell Swerdlow

Brain bioenergetic function declines with advancing age

William Brooks

Normal function and recovery from traumatic brain injury

Wen Xing Ding

Role of autophagy in alcohol and drug-induced liver injury

Randy Nudo

Understanding the brain's self-repair capacity after injury

Catherine Siengsukon

Role of sleep in function, learning, and overall health with aging and in those with neurological conditions

Sandy Billinger

Cardiovascular physiology, brain aging, and stroke recovery

Phil Lee

Development of novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) techniques

Michael Wolfe

Intramembrane-cleaving proteases (I-CLiPs) that play critical roles both in normal biology and in human disease

Heng Du

Molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in neurodegenerative diseases

Liqin Zhao

Sex and genetic influences on brain metabolism and microglial homeostasis

Kristine Williams

Enhancing nurse-patient communication, and providing cognitive training to improve self-care for older adults

Jonathan Mahnken

Categorical data analysis, study design, power and sample size calculations

KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

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