Research

Our lab maintains an active research program, with multiple projects underway at all times. The research conducted in our lab is focused on understanding the neurocognitive effects of medical conditions like obesity and heart disease, and the way that environmental conditions may limit our ability to perform at our best.

 

Medical Neuropsychology – Did you know that being overweight is bad for your brain? Or that heart disease is an important contributor to Alzheimer’s disease?  Our lab examines the effects of medical conditions on the brain and whether they can be reversed.


The Aging Brain and Dementia – Just like our bodies, our brains show signs of wear with the aging process and in many diseases. Our lab is on the
cutting edge of finding ways to detect dementia early through digital biomarkers using smartphones and prevent
cognitive decline through nutrition and supplementation. Our research has a strong base in clinical practice, running
a diagnostic consensus panel and maintaining the patient registry of our local memory clinic.


 

Concussions and Mild TBI – Research shows that concussions can lead to chronic problems and even conditions that mimic Alzheimer’s disease. A line of research from our team is exploring the risk factors for concussions and poor outcomes.


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Caregiver Burden – Although being a caregiver for a loved one can be an incredibly rewarding experience, the daily challenges of providing care for a loved one can also place a great deal of strain on the care provider, whether that loved one is a human family member or a pet! To learn more about this research, see: PetCaregiverBurden