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Dr. Lawrence Reagan and Dr. James Fadel Awarded Beckler Fellowship Grant

Dr. Jim Fadel and Dr. Lawrence Reagan of the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience have received a $100,000 gift to establish the John D. and Patricia L. Beckler Fellowship in Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Diseases Fund. This fund will provide stipend support for a neuroscience doctoral candidate to study the mechanistic basis of age-related cognitive decline.

Drs. Fadel and Reagan are long-time collaborators and their laboratories investigate the role of peptide hormones like insulin and orexin in the facilitation of learning and memory, as well as how decreases in the activity of these hormones contribute to cognitive decline in aging and in Alzheimer’s Disease. The work in their laboratories is currently supported by grants from the National Institutes of Aging and the Department of Veterans Affairs.