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Grand Rapids  |  Detroit  |  Bay City  |  Traverse City/Petoskey  |  Marquette

Research Night in Grand Rapids

Thursday, March 8, 6–8 p.m.
Featuring Presenter, Scott Counts, Ph.D.
Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Research Center
400 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Please RSVP to Maureen O'Reilly at or 248.996.1050

    Scott Counts, PhD, was recruited to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine from Rush University in 2013. He is an Associate Professor of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine with a secondary appointment in Family Medicine at MSU College of Human Medicine. His research focus is to understand the molecular pathways in the brain that appear to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and explore the “selective vulnerability” of brain cells — why some cells associated with cognition die, while others survive.





Research Night in Detroit

Wednesday, April 4, 6-8 p.m.
Featuring presenters Dr. Peter Lichtenberg & Dr. Edna Rose
The Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit
RSVP to Maureen O'Reilly at or 248.996.1050 

  Since 2008 Edna Rose, PhD, MSW, RN-BC, has assisted the University of Michigan, Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center (MADC) with connecting to minority communities to provide education about the risk factors associated with dementia and the benefits of participating in research.  She has successfully enhanced minority inclusion in our MADC supported studies through linkages at local churches, sororities and other social organizations.  Dr. Rose received her MSW and PhD from Clark Atlanta University in Social Work Planning and Administration, and her undergraduate nursing degree from Kennesaw University in Atlanta, GA. 
 Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, is the Research Education Component Core Co-Leader of the MADC, the director of the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, and Co-Director of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR).  He is an expert in Geriatric Psychology and a national leader in addressing health disparities in elderly minority populations. In his role at Wayne State University, Dr. Lichtenberg has founded the IOG pre-doctoral training program in aging and urban health, was the Principle Investigator on a National Institute of Aging training grant from 2001-2012, and has helped train nearly fifty doctoral students in an intensive aging research program. As the MADC Clinical Core Co-Leader, Peter has been instrumental in the MADC’s success with recruiting underrepresented minorities in Detroit.

Research Night in Bay City

Thursday, April 26, 6-8 p.m.
Featuring presenter Dr. Judith Heidebrink
Pere Marquette Depot, 1000 Adams St., Bay City
RSVP to Maureen O'Reilly at or 248.996.1050 

  Judith Heidebrink, MD, MS is a Richard D. and Katherine M. O’Connor Research Professor and has been affiliated with the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center since 1995, when she began her fellowship training in Geriatric Neurology.  Her clinical and research interests focus on improving the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  Dr. Heidebrink leads the University of Michigan’s participation in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).  This landmark study uses brain imaging and other biomarkers to evaluate the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.  ADNI data support the belief that brain changes occur many years before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease emerge.  ADNI techniques will soon be used to identify persons with very early Alzheimer’s pathology, in order to study therapies that might halt the disease even before symptoms appear.  Judy attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and received her Neurology training at the University of Michigan.

More information coming soon on a 2018 Research Night year you!

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