REC Scholar Spotlight – Dr. Ling Wu

    REC Scholar Ling Wu’s path to Alzheimer’s research is a great example of the variety of interests and backgrounds that can lead to contributions in this field. She is originally from China and completed her medical degree in psychiatry and mental health at Hunan Medical University. Wu came to the U.S. to pursue her PhD in Molecular Medicine with a focus in molecular cardiology, through a joint program at Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Lerner Research Institute.

    Read Dr. Wu’s full spotlight article here and learn all about her REC Scholarship!

    Healthy Brains Together Newsletter Spring 2024

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    ADRC in the News!

    ABC11 recently published an article highlighting the Duke/UNC ADRC!

    “In light of First Lady Jill Biden visiting Research Triangle Park touting advances in women’s health, ABC11 is highlighting some local doctors already doing groundbreaking work.

    Normally, Duke and North Carolina are arch-rivals — especially this time of year. But they have teamed up for some cutting edge research that could save lives.”

    Read the full story here!

    REC Scholar Spotlight – Dr. Michael Fernandes de Almeida

    Michael Fernandes de Almeida’s scientific journey began in the small town of Pedralva in southeastern Brazil, where he became the first in his family to pursue higher education. During his college years, he participated in scientific initiation programs. These programs educate undergraduate students on the scientific method, provide training in lab techniques, and offer the opportunity to develop a research project with a mentor.

    Read Dr. Almeida’s journey to ADRC REC Scholar here >>

    Duke/UNC ADRC Study Participant Interview with WRAL

    Duke/UNC ADRC Memory and Aging study participant, Mindy Hamlin, recently wrote an article about her family’s history of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and her experience in the study.

    What does the study entail? For me, not a lot. I have taken tests to measure my sensory skills and mobility. For example, I had to remember and repeat numbers, squeeze things, and get up from a chair. I had an MRI and my blood taken; the next step is a spinal tap. My husband is the partner I am required to have. His role is to answer researcher’s questions once a year to determine if my cognitive abilities have declined.

    To read more about Mindy’s journey, find the full article here or at 

    Paper Alert: “Patterns of Aging Changes in Bodyweight May Predict Alzheimer’s Disease “

    A new article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, issue 97, sheds new light on the relationship between bodyweight and development of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Read more about the paper here!

    Health Brain Newsletter Winter 2023

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    2023 Duke/UNC ADRC REC Scholars

    The Duke/UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) Research Education Component (REC) Core is pleased to announce our 2023 REC Scholars: Rashmita Basu, PhD (East Carolina University); Michael Fernandes de Almeida, PhD (UNC-Chapel Hill); and Aaron Reuben, PhD, MEM (Duke University). REC scholars will be supported in their development as investigators in Alzheimer’s disease. REC scholars have access to training in the core research competencies necessary for success as an independent scientist; training in basic, clinical, and translational research concepts necessary for success in furthering innovative research on Alzheimer’s disease; and mentorship to advance their research independence.

    follow this link to learn more >>