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Fall 2018 NEW FUNDING: McGregor receives VA Merit Award

Keith McGregor, PhD has also been awarded VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Merit funding. Dr. McGregor’s project, “Effects of Aging on Cortical Excitability During Motor Learning” will be focused on the effects of aging on the brain's ability to learn new tasks. Using technologies including magnetic resonance spectroscopy, functional magnetic resonance imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation, this project will attempt to discern the patterns of brain activity associated with optimal motor learning in older adults. Dr. McGregor serves as the Director of the CVNR’s Telerehabilitation Core and manages the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) laboratory



Fall 2018: New Investigator & New Funding

Congratulations to Lisa Krishnamurthy, PhD who received a near perfect score on her VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Career Development Award “Beyond lesion-language mapping in aphasia: A novel imaging-based prediction model.” This project will create a more complete imaging methodology that contains both anatomical and physiological correlates of language behavior, highlighting key brain areas to target for rehabilitation after stroke. Dr. Krishnamurthy has been collaborating with the CVNR for several years, and her efforts have culminated with this VA award. She will be joining the CVNR as a Principal Investigator this Fall. Welcome!



Fall 2018 NEW FUNDING: Boatright receives VA Merit Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Boatright on his new VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Merit Award “A TrkB Activator for Treatment of Glaucoma.” Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and inordinately affects Veterans. BrainDerived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) keeps our brain and retina cells healthy. However, as we age, or in diseases such as glaucoma, BDNF levels decline. Dr. Boatright is developing drugs to be taken orally that supplement declining BDNF levels with the hopes of protecting vision. Additionally, Dr. Boatright serves as the Director of the CVNR’s Molecular Biology Core and the Chair of the Atlanta VA’s Institutional Animal Care & Use Committees (IACUC).


Winter 2018: Congratulations April Maa, MD

Dr. April Maa has been promoted to Clinical Director of Technology-Based Eye Care Services (TECS). TECS is a comprehensive tele-ophthalmology program with the VISN 7 Regional Telehealth Service, which helps provide better access to eye care for rural Veterans.  Well done, Dr. Maa!  



Winter 2018: New Investigator joins CVNR

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Feola!  His research study, The Effect of Estrogen Deficiencies on Vision Loss in Glaucoma, has been selected for funding.  Dr. Feola intends to understand how a change in hormonal status affects visual function and biomechanical properties of the eye. His projects also investigate hormones (e.g. estrogen) as neuroprotective against the progression of visual impairment in glaucoma and potentially their benefit in various ocular diseases. Welcome to the CVNR, Dr. Feola!



Summer 2017: Congratulations to our newly funded VA Merit Award investigators!

We are proud to announce that three of our investigators received VA Rehab R&D merit review funding: Camille Vaughan, MD, for research to look at exercise-based behavioral therapy for treatment of urinary symptoms in adults with PD, entitled Behavioral or Solifenacin Therapy for Urinary Symptoms in Parkinson Disease; Machelle Pardue, PhD for Dopamine Treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy, and Shan Ping Yu, MD, PhD for Novel Regenerative Treatment for TBI and Post-TBI Depression.


Spring 2017:  Dr. Machelle Pardue to be inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

Congratulations Dr. Machelle Pardue on your induction to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.


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