*The Virginia Center on Aging which administers the Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund for the Commonwealth of Virginia, provides seed money to researchers in Virginia to stimulate innovative research into biomedical and psychosocial aspects of dementia, including cell biology, caregiving, and animal modeling.



Organization Authors Project Title
University of Virginia Matthew J. Barrett, MD, MSc, Bradford B. Worrall, MD, MSc, and Robert D. Abbott, MA, MPH, PhD Assessment of Whether Genetic Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia are Associated with Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson Disease
Old Dominion University Christianne Fowler DNP, RN, GNP-BC and colleagues The Impact of an Interdisciplinary Virtual Healthcare Neighborhood on Sleep, Healthcare/Social Support, and Self-Efficacy among Caregivers of Elderly Persons with Dementia 
Liberty University Gary D. Isaacs, PhD Remodeling of DNA Methylation Associated with Increased Beta Amyloid Deposition in Mice
CCAL Karen Love, BS, Elia Femia, PhD, and Sonya Barsness, MSG Promoting Change and Action in Person-Centered Care Practices Using a Multi-Media Approach
Radford University Lisa Onega, PhD, RN Bright Light Therapy for Individuals with Dementia 
George Mason University Maren Strenziok, PhD and Pamela Greenwood, PhD The Impact of Auditory Perception Training on Brain Activation and Connectivity in Attention Networks, Reasoning Ability, and Everyday Cognitive Function in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Virginia Commonwealth University Dexian Ye, PhD and Joseph Reiner, PhD The Multiple Molecular Appearances of Amyloid-β Aggregates in Alzheimer’s Disease
Virginia Commonwealth University Shijun Zhang, PhD and Hyoung-gon Lee, PhD Development of Curcumin/Melatonin Hybrids as Neuroprotective Agents for AD


2013-2014 ARDRAF Awards Committee

  • Paul Aravich, PhD – Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Colleen Jackson Cook, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Mary A Corcoran PhD, OT/L, FAOTA – The George Washington University
  • Jorge Cortina, MD – Hampton VA Medical Center
  • Lynne Elmore, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kathleen Fuchs, PhD – University of Virginia Health System
  • Inchan Kwon, PhD – University of Virginia
  • James W. Mandell, MD, PhD – University of Virginia
  • Linda Phillips, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Beverly A. Rzigalinski, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Patricia A. Trimmer, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ishan Williams, PhD – University of Virginia School of Nursing


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