*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
Virginia Commonwealth University Malgorzata Dukat, PhD, and Galia Abdrakhmanova,MD,PhD Small molecules as negative allosteric modulators of α7 nAChRs
George Mason University Robert H. Lipsky, PhD
Functional Characterization of promoter polymorphisms of the human GRIN2B glutamate receptor gene associated with altered memory functioning in older adults
George Mason University Jane M. Flinn, PhD, Nathalia Peixoto, PhD, and Daniel N. Cox, PhD Behavioral and inflammatory changes in a mouse model of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease
Virginia Commonwealth University Aron H. Lichtman, PhD and Laura E. Wise, PhD Targeting the endogenous cannabinoid system to treat Alzheimer’s disease


2011-2012 ARDRAF Awards Committee

  • Paul Aravich, PhD – Eastern Virginia Medical School 
  • John W. Bigbee, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Jorge Cortina, MD – Hampton VA Medical Center 
  • Jeffrey L. Dupree, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Christine J. Jensen, PhD – College of William and Mary 
  • Peter Kennelly, PhD – Virginia Tech 
  • Richard Lindsay, MD – University of Virginia 
  • Myra Owens, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Linda Phillips, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Beverly A. Rzigalinski, PhD – Via College of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Jodi Teitelman, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • Patricia A. Trimmer, PhD – University of Virginia Health System
  • E. Ayn Welleford, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University


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