Live event held November 10, 2011

2008 Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award

(see more funded projects here)

The ARDRAF-funded project was intended to determine if a slide show comprised of a set of daily life moments captured by a smartphone could improve the short term memory of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The study examined the feasibility of carrying the smartphone using a lanyard and software applications for capturing images automatically every five minutes during the day. Images collected during the first week were combined into a slide show and saved on a DVD that was viewed for four continuous weeks. The study provided positive satisfaction/usability results and evidence of an increase in the number of events remembered after seeing the slideshow.
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.
ARDRAF-Funded Project Title: “Improving Quality of Life and Short-Term Memory Loss in Patients with Alzheimer’s Dementia: Smartphone Application for Capturing Daily Life Moments”


E. Brivio, Old Dominion University, College of Health Sciences, Norfolk, United States
S. W. Sautter Hampton Roads Neuropsychology Virginia Beach VA, United States
G. De Leo, Old Dominion University, College of Health Sciences, Norfolk, United States

Dr. De Leo may be contacted at 757/ 683-6733

To receive the full final report, please contact the investigator or the ARDRAF administrator, Dr. Constance Coogle ( 


Brivio, E., Battagiri, P., & De Leo, G. (2009). Improving short-term memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s Dementia.Presented at the 14th Annual International Meeting and Exposition of the American Telemedicine Association, Las Vegas, NV.


Gianluca De LeoGianluca De Leo is an Assistant Professor at the Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences department at Old Dominion University.

Dr. De Leo received an MS in Electronic Engineering (1999) and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and Bioelectronics (2003) from the University of Genoa, Italy and an MBA (2005) from Saint Louis University, St. Louis.

Dr. De Leo was involved in several projects related to e-health, biomedical informatics, virtual reality and mobile health, which were funded by the Italian Ministry of Health, the European Commission and the National Institutes of Health, Microsoft Research, the Virginia Center on Aging and several SBIR/STTR programs. Dr. De Leo is currently leading research projects related to the design, the development and the assessment of different e-health systems for children with disabilities.



Tracey Gendron, MSG, Assistant Professor, Department of Gerontology, completed the Masters in Gerontology program in 1995 with a concentration in Public Administration from VCU. She is also currently a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology program at VCU.

She teaches the Biology and Physiology of Aging, Research Methods, Grant Writing among other courses in the Gerontology Department. Her research interests include the professional identity development of Gerontologists, health disparities in the aging population and higher education through service learning and community engagement.

The free webinar was co-sponsored by AlzPossible and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Gerontology and funded in part by the Commonwealth of Virgina’s Geriatric Training and Education Initiative administered by the Virginia Center on Aging.




Download the slides here.