CAM Research Day Poster Winners

The Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory held their 2nd Annual Research Day on May 17. Part of the day included the presentation of research by trainees in labs across the campus that study cognitive aging. Samm Smith, a graduate student in Dr. Sara Burke’s lab, took first place and a prize of $300 for her poster titled “Compensation or Competition: Stratal-Hippocampal Dynamics in Old Age.”

Samm Smith winning 1st place at CAM Research Day
Samm Smith is announced by CAM directors Drs. Sara Burke and Adam Woods, as the first place winner of the poster presentation.

Second place, and a prize of $250, went to Jori Waner, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Adam Woods. Waner’s poster was titled “Connecting Memory and Functional Brain Networks in Older Adults: A Resting State fMRI Study
Jori Waner presenting her research poster at CAM Research Day
Jori Waner presents her poster, which took 2nd place, at CAM Research Day.

Destin Shortell, a graduate student in Dr. Eric Porges, took home 3rd place and $200 with her poster titled “Association Between Inflammation, Noradrenergic Functioning, Heart-rate Viability and Explicit Memory, 9-year Change in Memory, and Mortality.”
CAM directors Adam Woods and Sarah Burke presenting Destin Shortell with her prize.
CAM directors Adam Woods and Sarah Burke presenting Destin Shortell with her prize.

A new category added this year, but one the center hopes to expand in upcoming years, was a $200 prize for Exemplary Undergraduate Research. That prize went to Fapianey Alexandre, a student in Dr. Sara Burke’s lab who is part of the inaugural class of NEURON-Aging students.
Trainee standing proudly next to her poster at CAM research day.
Fapianey Alexandre presenting her poster titled “Exogenous Ketone Supplementation to Enhance Cognitive Performance in Advanced Age.”