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
Eastern Virginia Medical School Frank J. Castora, PhD and Randolph Coleman, PhD Biochemical Systems Theory Modeling of Alzheimer’s Disease Using Mitochondrial Genes Involved in Amyloid Precursor Protein and Tau Processing
University of Virginia Alev Erisir, MD, PhD Ultrastructural Neuropathology in Transgenic Models of Alzheimer’s Disease
Old Dominion University Karen A. Karlowicz,  EdD, RN and colleagues An Examination of Policy Application and Education Needs of Working Dementia Caregivers
Virginia Commonwealth University MaryPeace McRae, PharmD, PhD and Patricia Slattum, PharmD, PhD Investigating the Relationship between Benzodiazepine Medications and the Development of Blood Brain Barrier Dysfunction as Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease
Virginia Tech, Shenandoah University Webster L. Santos. PhD and Gregorio Valdez, PhD Controlling Neuronal Sphingosine-1-Phosphate as Alzheimer’s Disease Therapy
George Mason University Catherine J. Tompkins, PhD and colleagues Individuals with Dementia at Adult Day Health Care Centers:  Examining the Effects of Individualized Music on Mood and Agitation
Virginia Tech, Shenandoah University Bin Xu, PhD, David Bevan, PhD and Ling Wu, MD, PhD Molecular Mechanisms of Amylin as a Novel Contributor to Alzheimer’s Disease


2015-2016 ARDRAF Awards Committee

  • Paul Aravich, PhD – Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Mary Corcoran, PhD – George Washington University
  • Leslie Davidson, OTR/L, PhD, FAOTA – Shenandoah University
  • Kathleen Fuchs, PhD – University of Virginia
  • Vasiliki Ikonomidou, PhD – George Mason University
  • Christine Jensen, PhD, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health
  • Linda Phillips, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Beverly Rzigalinski, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Pablo Sobrado, PhD – Virginia Tech
  • Patricia Trimmer, PhD – Virginia Commonwealth University


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