Linda K. McEvoy, PhD, recently joined Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) to lead the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) Study. Since 1994, ACT researchers at KPWHRI, in collaboration with the University of Washington, have worked with study participants from Kaiser Permanente Washington to study the aging brain and learn to delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
McEvoy is an experimental psychologist and neuroscientist with expertise in aging epidemiology. Her mission at KPWHRI is to better understand factors throughout the life course that affect cognitive and brain health in aging and develop strategies to maintain cognitive health and reduce risk of dementia.
Before joining KPWHRI, McEvoy was a professor of public health and radiology at the University of California San Diego, using longitudinal cohort studies to identify patterns of changes in brain structure with aging and patterns associated with early Alzheimer’s disease. Her research also identified genetic, health, and behavioral risk factors associated with cognitive decline with aging and with dementia. Welcome, Linda!
In April, KPWHRI Collaborative Scientist Ruben Martinez, PhD, spoke at the Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Phoenix. Martinez spoke as a methods expert, co-leading a preconference workshop on adapting systematic review methods for rapid evidence needs. Coauthors on the presentation were Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH, and Paula Blasi, MPH.
Bianca DiJulio, MHS, senior manager of the KPWHRI Survey Research Program, gave a talk at the American Association of Public Opinion Research Conference in May in Philadelphia. DiJulio's talk was titled "Added Value? Exploring Cost-Benefit Trade-Offs in a Multi-Mode Survey." Coauthors on the presentation from KPWHRI were Julia Anderson, Matt Nguyen, Jenna Leonardo, Cara Lewis, and Carolyn Bain.
David Arterburn, MD, MPH, KPWHRI senior investigator and Washington Permanente Medical Group internal medicine physician, was appointed to the American Medical Association (AMA) Expert Panel on Obesity. The panel convened in April and Arterburn provided expert advice on the AMA strategy around obesity prevention and treatment.
In April, KPWHRI Assistant Investigator Marlaine Figueroa Gray, PhD, spoke at the annual Association for the Anthropology of Consciousness Conference. Figueroa Gray was on the panel addressing "Legacies of the Living and Dying" and discussed how attending to legacy can transform care for people experiencing a serious illness. A theme of Figueroa Gray's research is legacy goals in the context of palliative medicine.
Maggie Ramirez, PhD, a KPWHRI affiliate investigator, was appointed as the William L. Dowling Endowed Professor in Health Administration at the University of Washington Department of Health Systems and Population Health. Ramirez was an inaugural scholar in the KPWHRI CATALyST program. Her research combines public health, engineering, human-centered design, and technology, and focuses on health equity. This is the first time this award has been given. It will allow Ramirez to contribute toward strategic management and leadership in the master's degree program and will support her research and professional activities. Congratulations, Maggie!
In April, KPWHRI Affiliate Investigator Cecilia Lee, MD, MS, presented results from the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) Study, to the National Eye Institute and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering All of Us Research Program. Lee's talk presented highlights of her ophthalmologic research with large cohort studies such as ACT.
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