*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
George Mason University Robin Couch, PhD Neuroprotection and Alzheimer’s Disease
University of Virginia Erin Pennock Foff, MD, PhD and Benjamin Purow, MD Investigating the Role of miR-762 in Mediating Disease in C9ORF72-Based FrontotemporalDegeneration
University of Virginia Roberto Fernandez-Romero MD, MPH, PhD The Neurophysiology of Driving Impairments in Early Alzheimer’s Disease
Warren Memorial Hospital Jonathan Winter, MD and J. William Kerns, MD Memorial Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of Behavioral and PsychologicalHospital Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD): A Mixed-Method Pilot
George Mason University Joseph J. Pancrazio, PhD Analysis of Amyloid Beta Effects with Living Neuronal Networks
Virginia Tech Doris T. Zallen, PhD, Golde Holtzman, PhD, and Kye Kim, MD Tech Evaluation of a Web-Based Decision Aid for People Considering a Genetic Testing for Alzheimer’s Risk
University of Virginia Zhiyi Zuo, PhD Environmental enrichment reduces postoperative cognitive dysfunction


2014-2015 ARDRAF Awards Committee

  • Paul Aravich, PhD – Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Annemarie Conlon, PhD, MSW – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jorge Cortina, MD – Hampton VA Medical Center
  • Leslie Davidson, OTR/L, PhD, FAOTA – Shenandoah University
  • Christopher Deppmann, PhD – University of Virginia
  • Kathleen Fuchs, PhD – University of Virginia Health System
  • Christine J. Jensen, PhD – Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health
  • Myra G. Owens, PhD – Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Linda Phillips, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Pablo Sobrado, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Shirley M. Taylor, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Pamela VandeVord, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Hu Yang, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Shijun Zhang, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University


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