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Fall 2016:  Article Profiles Research of Dr. Krish Sathian and Colleagues

Dr. Krish Sathian and his colleagues have recently published their findings in the area of synesthesia in the European Journal of Neuroscience.  Click the link below to read an article profiling the research.

Does This Headline Look Blue To You? Then It Might Also Feel Like A Triangle.



Madeleine Hackney's Research Showcased on Fox 5 News!

Congratulations to Dr. Madeleine Hackney, whose research study examining the effects of adapted tango dance in Veterans with Parkinson's disease, was featured on Fox 5 News on September 16th.  View the news segment here:

  How dancing the tango may help people with Parkinson's Disease


Camille Vaughan Featured in Video about EQUiPPED Project

The Enhancing Quality of Provider Practices for Older Adults in the Emergency Department (EQUiPPED) project is an interdisciplinary quality improvement initiative that focuses on using education, “geriatricized” medication order sets, and other clinical tools to reduce medication-related problems in older patients (aged 65+) who have been discharged from the emergency department.  The EQUiPPED project – which was developed by a team of emergency department physicians, geriatricians, gerontologists, clinical pharmacists, and quality-improvement nurses at the Atlanta VA Medical Center – uses simple, but effective, strategies to improve prescribing practices for elderly patients to reduce medication-related problems and includes performance-tracking tools for quality managers and institutions.  CVNR Investigator Camille Vaughan, MD, MS has been part of the EQUiPPED project team throughout its evolution. Clink link below to view a short video that discusses the project and what Dr. Vaughan and colleagues have learned so far.

EQUiPPED Quality Improvement Initiative



NEW FUNDING Fall 2016:  Wolf awarded GVU/IPaT Research and Engagement Seed Grant

Congratulations to Steve Wolf, PhDDr. Wolf is one of twelve winners of the 2016-2017 GVU/IPaT Research & Engagement grant competition, which aims to support research initiatives committed to interdisciplinary research and innovation in the human experience of computing. Dr. Wolf's new grant, "New structure for sending glove," will develop a glove to be worn on the more impaired hand following stroke to record anti-haptic movements. 



NEW FUNDING Fall 2016:  Rodriguez receives VA SPiRE Award

Congratulations to Amy Rodriguez, PhD on her new SPiRE project “Acute exercise effects on word learning in aging and stroke-induced aphasia.”  Difficulty retrieving words is the most common complaint in healthy aging and aphasia and has a negative impact on functioning and well-being. This SPiRE will investigate the immediate effects of exercise on word learning in healthy older adults and individuals with stroke-induced aphasia. The results will inform the development of targeted, exercise-based word retrieval treatments for our aging Veterans.



NEW FUNDING Fall 2016:  Sathian awarded VA SPiRE funding

Dr. Krish Sathian, MD, PhD has been awarded new SPiRE funding.  The new project is titled “Spatial Cognitive Training in Visual Impairment” and it is slotted to begin in the fall of 2016. Spatial cognitive abilities represent an important target for rehabilitation of individuals with vision loss. The study will examine the utility of adding telerehabilitative spatial cognitive training to orientation and mobility training that is the mainstay of low vision rehabilitation.  Congratulations Dr. Sathian!



NEW FUNDING Summer 2016:  Allen Receives VA Career Development Award

Rachael Allen, PhD has received funding for a Career Development Award “Neuroprotective Strategies for Retinopathy and Cognition in Diabetes.”  Dr. Allen will look to identify an earlier treatment window for diabetes — a disease that affects nearly 20% of Veterans in the VA system — to develop early clinical treatments prior to obvious signs and symptoms.  


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