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Save the Date: 5th Annual Bettye Rose Connell Memorial Lecture Series

A lecture series fostering collaboration in scientific and clinical rehabilitation in environment, aging, and dementia

Tuesday April 21 -- Day 1 - Emory University

2-4PM -- Diversity in Dementia Conference:  Please register for the Pre-lecture Workshop at:

5-6PM -- Keynote Lecture -Dr. Laura Gitlin -Caring for Persons with Dementia and Family Caregivers: The State of the Science and Innovative Approaches: Please register for the2015 Keynote Lecture at:

Wednesday April 22 - Day 2 - Atlanta VA Medical Center

8-9:30AM -- Innovations in Dementia Care: Current Status and Future Collaborations

There is no registration for Day Two. Please join us!

BRC Information Flyer (364.6 KB)

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Visual Rehabilitation Symposium

The Atlanta VAMC Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CVNR) and the Emory Eye Center will host a symposium on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm.

Speakers include: Cynthia Owsley, PhD, MSPH (UAB); Krish Sathian, MD, PhD (CVNR, Emory); Kristina Visscher, PhD (UAB); April Maa, MD (CVNR, Emory); MiYoung Kwon, PhD (UAB); Beau Bruce, MD, PhD (Emory)

Additionally, student and postdoctoral trainee abstracts will be accepted for posters and a limited number of brief (5- min) oral presentations. Details about the Symposium and abstract submissions are located in the Event Flyer. 

Visual Rehabilitation Symposium Flyer (39.2 KB)

NEW FUNDING:  Hackney, Perkins & Dillard Receive 250K in PCORI Funding

Madeleine Hackney, PhD, VA Research Scientist & Emory Assistant Professor of Medicine, Molly Perkins, PhD, Emory Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Rebecca Dillard, MA, of the Emory Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, were recently awarded 250K over two years for their proposal, Developing a Research Participation Enhancement and Advocacy Training Program for Diverse Seniors, through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington Engagement Awards mechanism. The program is aimed at increasing participation of under-served older adults in clinical research.  Congratulations Dr. Hackney!

NEW FUNDING:  Pardue partners with Buffalo VA; receives 3 year grant looking at why veterans can lose their vision long after combat, and what can be done about the problem

Machelle Pardue, PhD , Atlanta VA Research Career Scientist & Emory Associate Professor, has teamed up with Steven J. Fliesler, PhD from the Buffalo VA to study how that vision loss occurs and how it might be prevented. Congratulations Dr. Pardue!

Read more about this new research grant from Months after IED blasts, vision may fade.

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