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 understand cognition and behavior in complex biological systems by studying typical behavior and psychiatric disorders using cognition and behavioral neuroscience methods.

  2. 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, health, and quality of life.

  3. To develop pre-clinical models and optimal interventions (including devices) to improve function, independence, and quality of life for aging, neurologically-impaired, and clinical populations by integrating findings from basic and applied scientific research.

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

Our group affiliations:

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

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