VCoA*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, Jason Druzgal, MD, PhD, and Scott Sperling, PsyD Nucleus Basalis of Meynert Degeneration in Parkinson Disease Cognition
Virginia Commonwealth University Jennifer Inker, MBA, MS, Tracey Gendron, PhD, and J. James Cotter, PhD Use of Antipsychotic Medications by Residents with Dementia in Assisted Living Facilities
College of William and Mary Oliver Kerscher, PhD and Munira Basrai, PhD STUbL-dependent clearance of transcriptionally-active, aggregate-prone proteins from the nucleus
Virginia Commonwealth University Rory McQuiston, PhD AAV-Induced Tau Pathophysiology in Interneurons of the Mouse Hippocampus
University of Virginia Andrés Norambuena, PhD Amyloid Beta Peptides, Nutrient Signaling and Mitochondria Dysfunction: An Unholy Triad in Alzheimer’s Disease
Virginia Tech Jyoti S. Savla, PhD, Karen A. Roberto, PhD, and Rosemary Blieszner, PhD Families in Rural Appalachia Caring for Older Relatives with Dementia
Christopher Newport University Lisa S. Webb, PhD and Darlene A. Mitrano, PhD Newport Comparative Biochemical and Behavioral Analysis of the 3xTg-AD Mouse Model of University Alzheimer’s Disease


2016-2017 ARDRAF Awards Committee

  • Paul Aravich, PhD – Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Frank J. Castora, PhD – Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Randolph Coleman, PhD – College of William & Mary
  • Christianne Fowler, DNP, RN, GNP-BC – Old Dominion University
  • Kathleen Fuchs, PhD – University of Virginia
  • Linda Phillips, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Beverly A. Rzigalinski, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Webster L. Santos, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Patricia W. Slattum, PharmD, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Shirley M. Taylor, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Patricia A. Trimmer, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Gregorio Valdez, PhD – Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
  • Bin Xu, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Ning Zhang, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University


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