Dr. Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi receives 2021 Terrie Fox Rising Star Award in Health and Aging Research

Congratulations to Dr. Gilmore Bykovskyi for earning the Terrie Fox Rising Star Award for her contributions to health and aging research from the American Federation for Aging Research! The award, named in honor of another scholar in the field of aging, is given to a researcher in the beginning or middle stages of their career who have made an impact in health services science AFAR believes will continue to be an influential member of the field for years to come. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi will be accepting her award and speaking at the Gerontological Society of America meeting in November. Learn more about the award and the accompanying lecture here.

Examining the Intersections of Environment, Social Conditions, and Health:  Dr. Amy Kind, Dr. Barbara Bendlin, and Dr. Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi launch Center for Health Disparities Research 

Dr. Kind, Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi, and Dr. Bendlin launched the CHDR in April with research goals of understanding some of the root causes of health disparities and identifying new interventions. The first project of the CHDR is “The Neighborhood Study”, led by Dr. Kind and Dr. Bendlin, which will study how social determinants in a person’s life affect their brain health. Learn more about the CHDR and “The Neighborhood Study” here.

Research progress: The SUPPORT study team and Detroit-area collaborators release a report on supporting people with dementia through hospitalization and rehospitalization

The SUPPORT study team partnered with hospitals and community organizations in the greater Detroit area to better understand hospitalization and rehospitalization experiences for adults with dementia as well as caregiver, hospital, and community organization perspectives on supporting adults with dementia during these often-stressful periods. In collaboration with Detroit-based partners, the SUPPORT study team has published a report that can be found here. The report highlights major themes in hospitalization and rehospitalization for people with dementia through the eyes of caregivers and providers and provides data on trends in hospital visits for people with dementia in the area.

Furthering research on lucidity in advanced dementia: Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi and team receive award from the National Institute on Aging

People living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias experience progressive losses in memory and thinking abilities. Yet, family members and health care providers have reported lucid episodes, described as periods of a remarkable return to previous abilities and awareness. To catalyze further research on lucidity in dementia, the National Institute on Aging awarded Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi and her team a Phased R21/R33 Innovation Award to advance approaches for capturing and characterizing these events and their distinguishing features.

Dementia Care Summit Poster Presentation: Research Gaps & Opportunities

Can addressing social determinants of health by connecting prospective research participants to services help mitigate barriers to participation that disproportionately impact underrepresented populations? Our lab’s Brain Health Community Registry seeks to find out the answer. View the presentation details and download the slides here.

OPINION: Here’s how Milwaukee can better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging our community

Quinton Cotton contributed to an op-ed on COVID-19 and the critical issues that must be addressed in order for Milwaukee to best respond to the pandemic. Read his article here. 

Gina Green-Harris Receives 2019-2020 Outstanding Women of Color Award

Gina Green-Harris, who serves as Director for the Center for Community Engagement & Health Partnerships in the School of Medicine & Public Health, was honored as one of 7 Outstanding Women of Color by UW-Madison. Learn more about her award.

Jessi Kendall Receives Outstanding Badger Nursing Award

Jessi Kendall received a 2019 Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO) award for her substantial contributions to the field of nursing. Congratulations Jessi! Read her Q&A here. 

Paria Seyyedmirza and Anna Linden Earn TL1 Team Science pair appointment

Congratulations to Paria Seyyedmirza and Anna Linden on their TL1 appointments with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. The pair will study relationships between caregiving work and support networks among socially disadvantaged dementia caregivers. Seyyedmirza and Linden are currently pursuing Ph.D.’s in Nursing Practice and Industrial and Systems Engineering respectively.

Congratulations to Quinton Cotton, Paria Seyyedmirza, and Ann Wieben on their recently awarded research grants!

Quinton Cotton, Ann Wieben, and Paria Seyyedmirza all received grants for the work that will help them to grow and continue their research. Cotton received an R36 award to help further research on African American dementia caregivers in socially disadvantaged neighborhoods. Wieben earned the Robert and Carroll Heidman Research Award for her work on nurse’s interactions with machine learning software in clinical settings. Finally, Seyydemirza received a TL1 grant for work on transdisciplinary approaches to socially disadvantaged dementia caregiver’s support needs.

Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi contributes to study on the relationship between Neighborhood disadvantage and frequency of hospital observation periods

Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi contributed to a study led by Dr. Sheehy analyzing the relationship between a metric of neighborhood disadvantage and the risk of hospital observation and chronic observation. Results from this study can inform healthcare provider assessment and preventative measures and Medicare policy and regulation. Read more here.

A Call for Equity in Research Participation: Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Dr. Wilkins, and Dr. Jackson propose actions for overcoming ethical and scientific  research barriers

The underinclusion of diverse populations in research has created an unequal distribution of risks and benefits in research for minority groups across health conditions. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this, as when non-white groups had higher rates of mortality from the disease but were also underrepresented in vaccine trials. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi led a report along with researchers Dr. Wilkins and Dr. Jackson proposing specific actions the biomedical scientific community can take to address these barriers. Some actions include investing in sustained, reciprocal relationships with marginalized communities, addressing exclusionary research practices, and strengthening compliance and accountability in clinical research enrollment. Read the full paper here.

Expanding research on dementia care in the emergency department: Collaborator Dr. Manish Shah and co-principal investigator Dr. Ula Hwang receive award to support GEAR 2.0-ADC!

Co-principal investigators Dr. Manish Shah of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Dr. Ula Hwang of the Yale Department of Emergency Medicine received an NIH award to support Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network 2.0 – Advancing Dementia Care (GEAR 2.0-ADC). GEAR 2.0 will identify and address gaps in emergency care for people living with dementia. Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi will serve as a co-investigator on the project. Read more about the award and project here

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Announces New Center for Brain Health Equity

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (UsA2) has launched the Center for Brain Health Equity to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementias on women and communities of color. The Center will partner with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the National Black Nurses Association, and Alzheimer’s Los Angeles to develop tailored strategies and initiatives for diverse community needs. Learn more about the Center’s mission.

Use of Direct In-Person Observation in the Care of Hospitalized Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic Review

Often within nursing, in-person observation (e.g., 1:1 observation, personal safety attendants) is a care management strategy used for people with dementia during a hospitalization. What is currently known about this practice? Read our article to learn more.

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Laura Block Receives Nurses Alumni Organization (NAO) Pin

UW-Madison School of Nursing has honored Laura Block with the presentation of the NAO pin. The pin exemplifies achievement and commitment to the nursing profession. Congratulations Laura! Learn more.