Pilot Projects 2005 - Present

Year 7 (2011-2012) Pilot Project Awardees

Kyle Steenland, PhD, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health
Proposal to measure chlorinated pesticides in Costa Rican subjects participating in a screening program for neurologic disorders of aging

Xianyang Tang, PhD, Department of Radiology 
Quantitative imaging of amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's disease via x-ray phase CT

Xiaoping Hu, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering 
Establishing MRI measures of Locus coeruleus for early detection of neurodegeneration during aging

Yi-Luen Ellen Do, PhD, Georgia Tech, College of Architecture 
iMC System  INtelligent Mini-Cog Test for Mild Cognitive Impairment screening (funded through ADRC/ACTSI)

Year 6 (2010-2011) Pilot Project Awardees

Ranjita Betarbet, PhD, Department of Neurology
Efficacy & Interactions Between Beta Amyloid and Alpha Synuclein Seeding

William Hu MD, PhD, Department of neurology
A Cerebrospinal Fluid Predictor of Decline in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease - A Multi-modal Approach

Hui Mao, PhD, Department of Radiology
Atherosclerosis, Cerebral Vascular Abnormalities and their Association with Dementia

Thomas Wingo, MD, Department of neurology
Rare Variants in Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

James Zheng, PhD, Department of Cell Biology and Neurology
Trafficking Defects Leading to Synaptic Dysfunction in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Fanxing Zeng, PhD, Department of Radiology
In Vivo PET Imaging of the Norepinephrine Transporter in Alzheimer's Disease


Year 5 (2009 - 2010) Pilot Project Awardees

Beth Buffalo, PhD, Department of Neurology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Eugene Agichtein, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Automated Web-Based Systems for Early Mild Cognitive Impairment Detection

James Zheng, PhD, Department of Cell Biology
Trafficking Defects Leading to Synaptic Dysfunction in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Peng Jin, PhD, Department of human Genetics
Role of MicroRNAs in Alzheimer's Disease

Zhou Yang, PhD, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health
Public Health Impact of Alzheimer's Disease in the United States


Year 4 (2008 - 2009) Pilot Projects awardees

Krish Sathian, MD, PhD, Dept of Neurology
Cognitive rehabilitation of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) A behavioral and functional neuroimaging study

Hui Mao, PhD, Dept of Radiology
Profiling Alzheimer's Disease Using NMR/MRS Based Metabolomics

Joseph Cubells, MD, PhD, Dept of Human Genetics
Fine mapping of an Alzheimer's disease associated region at DBH and association of plasma DBH with AD behavioral phenotypes

Peng Jin, PhD, Dept of Human Genetics
Role of MicroRNAs in Alzheimer's Disease


Year 3 (2007 - 2008) Pilot Projects awardees

Timothy Duong, PhD Dept of Neurology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Novel Imaging Technologies for Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

Melanie Greenaway, PhD and Marsha Lewis, PhD, Dept of Neurology and School of Nursing
Interventions for Persons with Amnestic MCI and their Program Partners

Joseph Cubells, MD, PhD, Dept of Human Genetics
Genetic association analysis of catecholamine-cytokine interactions in Alzheimer's disease


Year 2 (2006 - 2007) Pilot Projects awardees

Elizabeth Buffalo, PhD, Dept of Neurology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Neuronal Mechanisms of Memory in the Medial Temporal Lobe

David Lynn, PhD, Dept of Chemistry
Short Aß Segments as Probes to resolve Amyloid Neural Toxicity

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Dept of Psychiatry and Yerkes National Primate Research Center
ß-catenin involvement in neurodegeneration and learning and memory


Year 1 (2005 - 2006) Pilot Projects awardees

Brian Ciliax, PhD, Dept of Neurology
Developing a High Affinity Ligand for PET imaging of ß-amyloid (Aß) Deposits in Alzheimer's Disease

Felicia Goldstein, PhD, Dept of Neurology
White Matter Tract Integrity and Neuropsychological Functioning in Mild Cognitive Impairment

David Weinshenker, PhD, Dept of Human Genetics
The Influence of Norepinephrine on Human and Mouse Alzheimer's Disease