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.
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.
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.
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.