Megan Zuelsdorff

Megan Zuelsdorff, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Wisconsin ADRC, accepted a position as a tenure track assistant professor with the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing, beginning August 2019. Since 2016, Dr. Zuelsdorff has been closely affiliated with the Wisconsin ADRC as a member of the Okonkwo lab, led by Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, and most recently as a scientist on Dr. Carey Gleason's African Americans Fighting Alzheimer's in Midlife (AA-FAiM) study.

Dr. Zuelsdorff has built...

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Two research participants who are involved in studies at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), as well as center investigators and clinicians, were featured in a national clinical trials promotional campaign sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The NIA released four campaign videos this week in celebration of Clinical Trials Awareness Week (May 13-17, 2019) and in anticipation of Clinical Trials Day (May 20, 2019). The video series, "Why I Participate in Alzheimer's...

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Veterans carry a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease than the general population. Dr. Cynthia Carlsson, a geriatrician at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and an Alzheimer's disease researcher, is PI on the BRAVE study, which aims to determine whether a prescription-strength dose of fish oil can stop or delay Alzheimer's disease-related brain changes in veterans. A recent article in The Capital City Hues describes some of the reasons for veterans' increased risk and...

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The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) will receive $15 million from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging (NIH-NIA) to advance research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The money will help the center establish new areas of expertise, train the next generation of Alzheimer’s disease researchers, and develop tools and techniques to better identify the earliest stages of the disease. The grant will provide $3 million annually for five years.

“In the last decade, our...

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The UW Initiative to End Alzheimer's will be one of the recipients of the Birdies for Health campaign, a unique fundraiser and pledge drive that will take place during the 2019 American Family Insurance Championship golf tournament. Money raised during the campaign will benefit five causes at UW Health.

Birdies for Health is like a walk-a-thon, but money is pledged for every birdie made at the tournament. Anyone can make a pledge per birdie or...

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Every other week, Dr. Nathaniel Chin interviews experts about Alzheimer’s disease research, news, and caregiver support for his podcast, Dementia Matters. Recently, Chin had the chance to experience the other side of the mic when he was a guest on Causepods, a show that highlights people using podcasting to raise awareness for good causes.

“I stumbled into this field of geriatrics, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. I was trained on the West Coast, and...

dr. amy kind

Amy J. Kind, MD, PhD, was one of several University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health physicians featured in a documentary about the health care challenges in rural Wisconsin. Medicine on Main Street debuted Monday, April 8, on Wisconsin Public Television. You can watch the full program online at the WPT website.

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On March 30, about 25 people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and their family members learned about the benefits of physical activity for healthy memories at “Exercise Your Way to Better Brain Health,” held at the American Family DreamBank in Madison, Wisconsin. The class is part of an ongoing Healthy Living with MCI quarterly educational series that offers information on brain health and reducing risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Exercise physiologists with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease...

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About 200 people attended the Solomon Carter Fuller Brain Health Brunch on March 16, 2019, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The annual daylong event aims to build awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in the African American community. Several studies have shown Alzheimer’s disease hits African Americans at a higher rate than other ethnic and racial groups, with African Americans experiencing Alzheimer’s disease at up to twice the rate as white Americans.

The educational...

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The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center hosted more than 160 attendees at its 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Research Day, which took place March 1 at the Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus. More than 40 students, trainees, postdocs, fellows, and junior faculty members from across the UW-Madison campus submitted scientific abstracts to the poster session held in conjunction with the event. You can read all the submitted abstracts online in the Poster...