Gender’s Impact on Cognition in Older Adults: The CoGenT3 Study
Here are some of the projects CoGenT3 Study students are working on:
- Advancing measurement of gender in aging and Alzheimer’s Disease research by evaluating data from one of the most prolifically used measures of gender today, the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI). Developed in 1974, the BSRI offers a unique opportunity to characterize how “gender” – as measured by the BSRI – has changed over time and to compare and contrast this construct in sociocultural groups defined by age, self-report sex, and race and ethnicity. The results of this study may help inform development of a measure of gender in older adults. Hannah Cao, BA, is student-lead on this project. Originally from Worcester, MA, Hannah is a second-year Master of Social Work student at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.
- Women are shown to have a higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) dementia than men despite recent studies that show the prevalence of AD biomarkers in the general population is relatively similar. The difference in prevalence is not fully explained by the greater longevity of women. Additionally, once diagnosed, women tend to suffer from a quicker progression of symptoms. The reasons for these differences are currently unknown. In this series of studies, we are examining how brain volume, a sexually dimorphic characteristic, might affect clinical manifestation of AD symptoms in men and women. Mehek Dedhia is an undergraduate student at Penn studying neuroscience. She is interested in researching sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease and plans to attend medical school in the future.
Students interested in learning about CoGenT3 research opportunities should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.