Happenings

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, lucid episodes, described as periods of a remarkable return to previous abilities and awareness, have been reported by family members and health care providers.  Unfortunately, our understanding of this phenomena is extremely limited, and no large-scale studies have attempted to prospectively identify and characterize these events. A better understanding of lucid episodes, particularly in advanced stages of dementia, has important implications for our understanding of disease progression, retained abilities, and care. With the goal of catalyzing further research on lucidity in dementia, Dr. Gilmore-Bykovskyi and her team were awarded a Phased Innovation (R21/R33) Award from the National Institute on Aging to advance observational and computational linguistic approaches for capturing and characterizing these events and their distinguishing features. The project is one of a handful being funded by the agency to accelerate scientific discoveries in this area.

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. 

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.

Brain and Body Fitness Program

Gilmore-Bykovskyi lab members are continuing their partnership with the Madison School & Community Recreation and Dane County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center to provide the Brain & Body Fitness program.

laura block

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.