Dr. Hampstead, the Stanley Berent, Ph.D. Collegiate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, was awarded a 5-year Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD) leadership award that totals over $4.4 million. This award furthers Dr. Hampstead’s research on non-pharmacologic methods to improve cognitive, emotional, and functional deficits that occur following injuries and diseases that affect the brain. Dr. Hampstead and his team use cognition oriented treatments (e.g., cognitive rehabilitation, cognitive training) and neuromodulation (e.g., transcranial electrical stimulation - tES) to target dysfunctional brain regions/networks and enhance functioning. This award expands the available infrastructure and associated line of work, integrates a range of experts to enhance training for the next generation of clinician-researchers, and will identify best-practice guidelines for applying these interventions to older adults across the ADRD spectrum.
posted on June 24, 2021
Our RP-CNBI team congratulate Dr. Hampstead in this prestigious award!
Each year, millions of Americans are left with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral deficits after sustaining a neurologic injury or developing a neurologic disease. These deficits can contribute to significant problems in everyday functioning, thereby reducing one’s independence and quality of life. Family members are often also affected by such change due to the increased caregiving needs, change in roles, and other related stressors. As many patients and their families know all too well, there are few treatment options for these cognitive and functional deficits. Although the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology have made remarkable advancements in the ability to evaluate “normal” brain functioning as well as the changes that occur after neurologic injury and disease, relatively little work has attempted to directly translate this knowledge to develop more effective treatments.
The primary mission of the Research Program on Cognition and Neuromodulation Based Interventions (RP-CNBI) is to identify and provide effective treatments for those suffering from neurologic injury and disease. We strive to bridge the knowledge gap between academic-based research and real-world clinical practice in order to enhance functioning and quality of life in affected individuals. While we primarily focus on methods to assist older adults, including those with dementia, we remain committed to other causes of cognitive and functional impairment.
We integrate neuropsychological theory, modern neuroimaging methods, and a range of non-pharmacologic treatments in order to:
1) Understand changes in brain structure and function that underlie cognitive, emotional, and functional deficits
2) Establish research treatment “targets” that guide the selection of appropriate interventions
3) Evaluate research treatment-related changes in functioning
Potential research treatments include a range of non-pharmacologic methods such as cognitive rehabilitation and non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g., transcranial direct current stimulation – tDCS). Our ultimate goal is to establish empirical support for non-pharmacologic treatments and to disseminate the resulting methods for widespread clinical use.
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