Okonkwo Lab News

  • Ryan Dougherty Receives Favorable Score on K01

    Former lab member, Ryan Dougherty, received a favorable score on his recently-submitted K01 grant titled, “Energy expenditure, cognitive function, and biomarker features of Alzheimer’s disease.” Official funding is likely on the horizon. This is an …

  • Ben Accepted into Medical School

    Congratulations to Ben Rackovan for getting accepted into Medical School at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This is a phenomenal achievement; we are all very proud!

  • Natascha Earns Professional Development Grant

    Natascha Merten has been awarded an Academic Staff Professional Development Grant to continue her streak of outstanding accomplishments. Way to go, Natascha!

  • Clayton Vesperman’s Manuscript to be Published

    Clayton Vesperman’s manuscript titled Cardiorespiratory fitness and cognition in persons at risk for Alzheimer’s disease has been accepted for publication in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring. Congratulations on this accomplishment, Clayton!

  • Kyle to Present at Alzheimer’s Association Event

    Kyle Edmunds will be presenting at the Alzheimer’s Association’s meet and greet event in the Madison area. They will be sharing findings related to how modifiable lifestyle factors – such as sleep and exercise – might …

  • Natascha’s Manuscript Published

    Natascha Merten’s manuscript titled Better cognitive function in younger generations – Insights from two cohort studies of middle-aged to older adults in Wisconsin has been published in the Maturitas journal. The article can be found here. …

  • Natascha Earns Travel Grant

    Natascha Merten has earned a conference attendance fellowship from the AAIC for this summer’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in San Diego. Congratulations, Natascha!

  • Clayton Presents at Undergraduate Symposium

    Clayton McIntyre presented findings from his Hilldale Fellowship project at the 2022 UW-Madison Undergraduate Symposium. Well done, Clayton!

  • Ozioma Okonkwo to Serve as Guest Editor in Alzheimer’s Association Journal

    Ozioma Okonkwo has been invited to serve as a guest editor for a special edition of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Diagnosis, Assessment, and Disease Monitoring journal. The special issue will focus on “Disparities and Multi-Level Social Determinants …

  • Ozioma Okonkwo Appointed to Neurobiology Steering Committee

    Ozioma Okonkwo has been appointed to the Neurobiology Steering Committee, the faculty governance of UW-Madison’s Undergraduate Neurobiology Major in Integrative Biology. The Steering Committee serves several functions including helping the program meet goals related to …

  • Ozioma Okonkwo Appointed Chair of Research Day Committee

    Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD has been appointed chair of the UW-Madison Department of Madison 2022 Research Day Program Committee. Congratulations, Ozioma!

  • Okonkwo Lab at AAIC 2022

    Several lab members have had their abstracts accepted for presentation in a variety of formats at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in San Diego, California: Natascha Merten (oral presentation) Kyle Edmunds (oral presentation, poster …

  • Ozioma Appointed to DOM Research Education Sub-Committee

    Congratulations to Ozioma Okonkwo on appointment to the Department of Medicine Research Education Sub-Committee. This committee serves to recommend, organize, and sponsor a variety of seminars, workshops, and events that showcase exemplary research and scholarship …

  • Natascha Earns CapEx Award

    Congratulations to Natascha Merten for earning a $20k CapEx award for freezers to support work on the BOSS study!

  • Clayton Accepted to Graduate School

    Congratulations to Clayton McIntyre on accepting an admission offer from Wake Forest University’s Neuroscience PhD program! Clayton will begin his PhD training in Fall 2022.

  • Okonkwo Lab at ADRD Research Day

    Several lab members shared their work at the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia Research Day event in Madison on April 5th: Lexi Nelson was chosen as an oral presenter for her abstract titled The Association …

  • Welcome Hannatu

    We are delighted to have Hannatu Amaza join the lab as our new ADNI Clinical Research Project Coordinator. Hannatu brings a wealth of research experience ranging from phase I-III industry drug and device trials to …

  • Ozioma Okonkwo Recognized by Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association highlighted the efforts of Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo as a pioneer in Alzheimer’s disease research. Read more here

  • Ozioma Okonkwo Meets with WI First Lady Kathy Evers

    Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD, an international leader in studying how physical activity changes the brain, recently met with Wisconsin First Lady Kathy Evers to discuss lifestyle factors that can protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Watch here

  • Alice Motovylyak’s Manuscript Accepted

    Congratulations to our former lab member Alice Motovylyak! Her manuscript “Age-related differences in white matter microstructure measured by advanced diffusion MRI in healthy older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease” accepted for publication in the …

  • Natascha Merten to Give Oral Presentation

    Natascha Merten’s proposal “Mental Health Among Sensory Impaired Individuals During COVID-19 Lockdown Measures” was accepted for an oral presentation at the 2022 Scientific and Technology Meeting of the American Auditory Society.

  • Natascha Merten’s Manuscript Accepted

    Congratulations to Natascha Merten! Her manuscript, “The Associations of Hearing Sensitivity and Different Cognitive Functions with Perception of Speech-in-Noise” was accepted in one of the biggest hearing journals: Ear and Hearing.

  • Alec Accepted to Medical School

    Congratulations to Alec Czaplicki who has been accepted into the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine – Midwestern University!! He is still waiting on news from other Med Schools before making a final decision on where …

  • Committee Appointments for Ozioma Okonkwo

    Ozioma Okonkwo has been appointed to serve on several committees over the last few months: The NIH-NINDS Multiple Etiology Dementias (MED) committee for the 2022 NIH Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) Summit. When approved by the …

  • Neuroscience Next Presentations

    Four members of the Okonkwo Lab had their abstracts accepted for oral or poster presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) Neuroscience Next 2021! Max Gaitán: Circulating klotho is elevated in cerebrospinal fluid, but …

  • Manuscripts Accepted for Publication

    Two manuscripts were accepted for publication this summer: Max Gaitán’s manuscript was published in Frontiers in Endocrinology: Effects of Aerobic Exercise Training on Systematic biomarkers and Cognition in Late Middle-Aged Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease …

  • Welcome Natascha Merten, PhD

    Natascha Merten, PhD joined the Okonkwo Lab on September 1st as an Assistant Scientist. We are thrilled to have her join us!

  • Multiple lab members accepted for AAIC 2021 presentations

    Five members of the Okonkwo Lab presented their work at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2021! Max Gaitán: Cardiorespiratory fitness bolsters cerebrovascular health in adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease (Oral session) Ryan Dougherty: …

  • Welcome Alyssa & Ben

    A warm welcome to the newest members of the Okonkwo Lab: Alyssa and Ben! Alyssa Pandos is our new LIFE study coordinator. Ben Rackovan is our new EXERT study coordinator.

  • Clayton Receives Hilldale Fellowship

    Congratulations to Clayton McIntyre on receiving a Hilldale Fellowship for 2021-2022! The title of the project is “Aerobic fitness, insulin sensitivity, and cognition in an aging cohort at risk for Alzheimer’s disease”, and the main …

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