Stroke and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (ADRD) T32 Program Hosts Annual Symposium

On June 16, The Stroke/ADRD T32 program hosted its annual symposium at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

Associate scholars (now trainees for the new fiscal year!) Rachel Taitano and Matthew Kays both presented flash talks to kick off the event after a welcome and breakfast. The rest of the morning, trainees Sarah Milne, Andrew Strutz, Rhiannon Macom, Briana Clary, James Scripter, Bailey Whitehead, Jacob Bumgarner, Emily Herrick and Matthew Yough presented their various research projects.

At noon the group welcomed special guest speaker Dr. Meharvan Singh, Dean of Research, Loyola University of Chicago, and also Vice Dean of Research, Stritch School of Medicine and Professor of Cell & Molecular Physiology. Dr. Singh's talk was titled, "Challenging Dogma – Lessons learned in studying the brain-protective effects of estrogen, progestins, and androgens." After Dr. Singh's presentation, the annual awards were bestowed upon students that earned them. The day wrapped up with lunch with Dr. Singh and the Stroke/ADRD T32 program community. Co-Director of the program Dr. Candice Brown said of the event, "We had fantastic attendance at our annual Stroke Symposium this year. The symposium featured outstanding scientific presentations from our eight trainees as well as some of our associate scholars. Dr. Singh highlighted over thirty years of seminal research on the neuroprotective roles of gonadal hormones in stroke. We are planning next year's symposium and welcome nominations for keynote speakers who are leaders in stroke and/or Alzheimer's disease research!"

National Institute on Aging (T32 AG052375)

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