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  • Ozioma Okonkwo Invited to Speak at AAIC Satellite Symposium

    Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo was invited to speak at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) Satellite Symposium in Cape Town, South Africa in May 2024. His presentation was titled Cardiorespiratory Fitness Modifies the Association Between Cerebral …

  • Ozioma Okonkwo Invited to Speak at AAIC Advancements: Modernizing Diagnosis

    Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo has been invited to be a speaker at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) Advancements: Modernizing Diagnosis in Tokyo, Japan in September 2024. He will present an overview of the revised criteria …

  • Monica Bruce Published Column in The Capital City Hues

    Monica Bruce wrote a column for the Capital City Hues in honor of National Minority Health Month! It was published in the April 15 edition of the Capital City Hues: https://www.capitalcityhues.com/04152024monicabruce/ Congratulations Monica on an …

  • Marissa Torres-Raby Presents at Undergraduate Research Symposium

    Marissa Torres-Raby is presenting her poster “Modification of the CAIDE score to predict amyloid positivity” at UW-Madison’s Bio152 Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. Congratulations on all the hard work put into this project, Marissa!

  • Ira Driscoll’s Manuscript Accepted for Publication

    Dr. Ira Driscoll’s manuscript, titled, “KLOTHO KL-VS heterozygosity is associated with diminished age-related neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration and synaptic dysfunction in older cognitively unimpaired adults” has been accepted for publication in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of …

  • Eli Blum’s Abstract Accepted for Presentation at Undergraduate Research Symposium

    Eli Blum’s abstract “Examining the Association of Age, Physical Activity, and APOE Haplotype On [11C] PiB-PET Brain Amyloid in a Cohort Enriched with Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.” was accepted for oral presentation at the 2024 …

  • Alicia Le Bars Accepted into Graduate School

    Alicia Le Bars has been accepted into the Masters of Physiotherapy program at Edinburgh Napier University in the UK!! We are so proud – Congratulations, Alicia!

  • Abstracts Accepted for AAIC 2024

    The Okonkwo Lab has 5 lab members whose abstracts were accepted for poster presentation at AAIC 2024 in Philadelphia, PA: Kenzie Jarchow: KLOTHO KL-VS genotype modifies the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and CSF biomarkers of neurodegeneration, …

  • Abstracts Accepted for ADRD Research Day 2024

    Three lab member’s abstracts were accepted for poster presentation at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Research Day 2024 in Madison, WI: Kenzie Jarchow: Individuals who are heterozygous for KLOTHO KL-VS gene and more cardiovascularly fit have …

  • Gabriella Mamlouk Chaired MSTP Symposium

    Gabby Mamlouk chaired the MSTP Symposium that took place at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on April 4, 2024. She hosted the symposium, introduced the speakers, and coordinated all the logistics. The poster session and …

  • Abstracts Accepted for DOM Research Day 2024

    Two lab members’ abstracts were accepted for poster presentation at the Department of Medicine Research Day 2024 in Madison, WI: Kenzie Jarchow: KLOTHO KL-VS genotype modifies the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and CSF biomarkers of neurodegeneration, synaptic …

  • Gabriella Mamlouk to be an ISTAART Ambassador

    Gabriella Mamlouk has been accepted into the 2024-25 ISTAART Ambassador Cohort! The ISTAART Ambassador Program provides year-round professional development and networking opportunities and funding for AAIC. Congratulations, Gabriella!

  • Chinenye Odo Matched into Residency

    Chinenye has been matched into residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh!!! Congratulations, Chinenye! We are so proud!

  • Okonkwo Lab at AD/PD 2024

    The Okonkwo Lab traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to attend AD/PD 2024! Ira Frahmand gave an oral presentation: Age-related alterations in plasma biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease are attenuated in KLOTHO KL-VS Heterozygotes Bri Breidenbach presented a …

  • Welcome Eva Schulte

    The Okonkwo Lab is excited to welcome another member to our team: Eva Schulte is a Community Research Navigator (CLARiTI Inclusion Core). Eva has over 25 years of experience working with underrepresented populations, including indigenous …

  • Ozioma Okonkwo Gives Keynote Address at the CCNA Annual Meeting

    Ozioma Okonkwo is invited to give the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) on March 19th, 2024 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Keynote Address Title: The ADNI3 …

  • Welcome Mercy Gago, Trinity Weisensel, and Lisa Renier Thomas

    The Okonkwo Lab has welcomed three new members to our team: Mercy Gago is a Community Research Navigator (ADNI Engagement Core). Mercy has several years of experience in the social services field. She has been a …

  • Multiple Lab Members Awarded VCFA Scholarships

    The following lab members received VCFA (Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration) Scholarships through UW-Madison to attend one of the Division of Continuing Studies’ Leadership & Management courses: Hannatu Amaza – Fundamentals of Project Management …

  • Welcome Dr. Sara Fernandes-Taylor and Anne Buffington

    The Okonkwo Lab continues to grow, welcoming two more members to our team! Sarah Fernandes-Taylor, PhD is a Scientist III. Sara has been involved in population health and health services research for the last 12 …

  • Monica Bruce New SuperAging Study Coordinator

    Monica Bruce has accepted her position as the new SuperAging Study Coordinator! She has been a passionate member of the SuperAging study since this spring, 2023. We are so excited to see her in this …

  • Welcome Mai Seng Thao and Adam Paulsen

    The Okonkwo Lab is excited to welcome two more members to our team! Mai Seng Thao is the ADNI Scholars Project Manager for the Health Equities Scholars Program. Mai has a background in Early-Middle Childhood …

  • Ira Frahmand’s Abstract Accepted for Oral Presentation

    Ira Frahmand’s abstract “Age-related alterations in plasma biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease are attenuated in KLOTHO KL-VS Heterozygotes” was accepted for in-person oral presentation at AD/PD in March 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal! Congratulations, Ira! We are …

  • Bri Breidenbach and Noah Cook’s Abstracts Accepted for Poster Presentation

    Congratulations, Bri and Noah, on the acceptance of their abstracts for poster presentation at AD/PD in March 2024 in Lisbon, Portugal! This is phenomenal news and an amazing accomplishment. Bri Breidenbach: “Fitness level modifies the …

  • Talia Brach Accepted into The Area Health Education Centers Scholars Program

    Talia Brach was accepted into the Area Health Education Centers Scholars Program (AHEC) for the 2023-2025 Cohort! She will complete this alongside her MPH program. This scholar’s program will expand her knowledge of health challenges …

  • Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo’s Celebration of Promotion to Full Professor

    The Okonkwo Lab, family, and friends gathered to celebrate Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo’s promotion to Full Professor during an evening filled with laughter, food, music, and dancing. We are all so proud of Dr. Okonkwo and …

  • Joe Strong’s Abstract Accepted as Poster at The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2023 Annual Meeting

    Joe’s abstract, A Scoping Review of Social Determinants of Health in Charles Bonnet Syndrome Research, was accepted as a late breaking poster at The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place …

  • Ozioma Okonkwo Served as Opponent at Anders Rydström’s PhD Dissertation Defense

    Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo served as the Opponent, and also gave an opening lecture, at Anders Rydström’s PhD dissertation defense titled, “Mental stimulation and multimodal trials to prevent cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease” at Karolinska Instituet …

  • Alyssa Pandos and Hannatu Amaza Take on New Roles

    We are thrilled to have two lab members stepping into new roles in our lab: Alyssa Pandos accepted the Okonkwo Lab Assistant Program Manager position! She will be transitioning from her role as a Clinical …

  • Chinenye Odo’s Abstract Accepted for Poster Presentation at APDIM

    Chinenye Odo’s abstract “Towards Gender Equity: Evaluating Word Choices of Internal Medicine Residents in Near-Peer Evaluations.” was accepted for poster presentation at the 2023 Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) Fall Conference happening …

  • Chinenye Odo’s Abstract Accepted for Presentation at Neuroscience 2023

    Chinenye Odo’s abstract “Investigating the relationship between rate pressure product and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively unimpaired late-middle-aged adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease” has been accepted for presentation at Neuroscience 2023 …

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