Lauren Schmitz Awarded NIA Pilot Grant

CDHA affiliate Lauren Schmitz (Assistant Professor, Public Affairs, UW-Madison) is part of a research team that has been awarded a new NIA pilot grant through the Research Centers Collaborative Network! Schmitz, along with Erin Ware and Ariana Gard, a pair of researchers from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, will be using data from the Health and Retirement Study to determine if there is a biological connection behind the fact that women are more likely than men to suffer from Alzheimer’s and depression as they age.

The project, titled “Examining sex differences in pleiotropic effects for depression and cognition using polygenic and gene-region aggregation techniques,” has an award period that officially began on January 1 and will last one year. The trio hope that a successful pilot period will lead to continued funding and the opportunity to bring in additional collaborators from throughout the RCCN.

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