Recent Recipients

Oregon Partnership for Alzheimer’s research awards

The Oregon Partnership for Alzheimer's Research Committee (OPAR), a community scientific advisory  board, administers funds donated by Oregonians who designate a portion of their  refund as a donation to “Alzheimer’s research” on their tax return form.

2016–2017 awards

Johanna Austin, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology, OHSU—Internet searches as an early detection system for cognitive decline will examine the relationship between cognitive function and computer use, including internet searches and leisure activities such as computer games and social communications

Arpita Ray, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology, OHSU—Investigate the neuroprotective role of the glial engulfment receptor draper/MEGF10 in Alzheimer's disease will combine research with Drosophila, a fly species that is used to study pathologies found in Alzheimer's disease in humans, and study of human tissue

2015–2016 awards

Marlene Cassar, Ph.D., Oregon Institute of Occupational Health—Investigate loss-of and gain-of functions of human Tau modifications in Drosophila

Adri Seelye, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Neuropsychology, Oregon Center for Aging and Technology Research—Routine everyday activities of life: cognitive assessment

2013–2014 awards

Amy Henderson, MAIS, the Geezer Gallery, Portland in collaboration with ORCATEC—Vibrant Elders: An art therapy intervention for seniors with mild cognitive impairment

Jeffrey Iliff, Ph.D., OHSU Anesthesiology and Peri-operative medicine—Evaluating age-related failure of perivascular solute clearance pathways

Hiroyuki Nakai, Ph.D., associate professor, OHSU Department of Molecular and Medical Genetic—A novel tau-targeting approach to treat Alzheimer’s disease using adeno-associated viral vectors

2012–2013 awards

Lance Johnson, Ph.D., OHSU Behavioral Science—The role of apoE in diabetes-induced cognitive dysfunction

Jenna Ramaker, Doctoral student, OHSU—Cell & Developmental Biology APP and G proteins in the control of neuronal migration

Sudeshna Dutta, Ph.D., OHSU CROET—The effect of sleep and circadian rhythms in Alzheimer’s disease

Julia Marshall Leach, OHSU—Biomedical Engineering graduate student, Postural control and dual tasking in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)