Katherine Gonzalez and Alejandro Albizu, both trainees in CAM research labs, placed first and tied for second in The Awards for Aging Research Program, supported by the Leighton E. Cluff Endowment and the Institute of Learning In Retirement at Oak Hammock.
In order to qualify, Gonzalez and Albizu had to submit a paper on a topic including research studies, scholarly reviews, essays, or creative works that deal with any topic related to late life, aging, and older citizens. Once selected they were asked to compete against 20 other young researchers in a poster presentation competition at Oak Hammock. Finally, three finalists were selected to compete in an oral presentation competition at the Harn Museum.
Gonzalez, under the mentorship of Dr. Barry Setlow, took home first place for her research on “Sex differences and the effects of age on brain function using a rodent model.” Her award included $800 in prize money.
Albizu, under the mentorship of Dr. Adam Woods, tied for second place and earned $300. His research was titled “Machine-Learning and Electric Field Variability Predicts Improvements in Unipolar Depression after tDCS.”