By Danny Yarnall
University of Pennsylvania neuropathologist Edward Lee, PhD received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to support a new career development workshop in neuropathology.
The grant allows up to 20 American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP) scholars to attend the three-year workshop. It will focus on promoting “Neurodegenerative Disease Neuropathology Research,” and Dr. Lee will co-direct the workshop.
“We are once again extremely pleased to be recipients of an R13 grant,” said Dr. Lee, who also leads the Translational Neuropathology Research Laboratory at the Perelman School of Medicine, where he and his team focus on the molecular causes of ALS and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. The lab receives Penn Memory Center patients’ brain donations, aiding in the vital research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias necessary to develop specific. disease-modifying therapies.
In addition to the workshop, Dr. Lee and the AANP hope to start a mentoring network for the yearly cohort of scholars with the grant and track their progress and success even after they move on to careers in neurodegenerative research.
The Perelman School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center also offers a Core F training program that looks to provide training in guidance in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Past and current trainees are producing high-quality publications and securing governmental, foundational, and internal funding for their work. Visit the Core F website for more information.