Our mission:  To understand aging and age-related diseases and to use that knowledge to improve quality of life.

With population aging, and the associated increased incidence of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia), brain injuries, and stroke, it is critical to consider ways to improve quality of life and extend independence for individuals who are typically aging and who develop disease-related complications.  Questions related to aging/disease progression, role of environmental exposure, and improving quality of life have received little focus in the literature, possibly due to the large-scale cross-disciplinary effect required to make significant headway in these issues.

Our group has four aims:

  1. To better characterize aging and neurological diseases:  Understanding risk factors, underlying mechanisms affecting brain function and body physiology, as well as the effects of aging/diseases of aging on communication, mobility, and quality of life.

  2. To develop optimal interventions and devices to improve function, independence, and quality of life for aging and neurologically-impaired populations by harnessing insights from basic and applied scientific research.

  3. To assess the impact of new interventions and devices on the quality of life of older adults and individuals with neurological diseases and to make these treatments available to the general public.

  4. To understand cognition and behavior in complex biological systems by studying typical and atypical cognitive and motor activities using cognitive and behavioral neuroscience methods.

Our group affiliations:

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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