New Faculty Members
Wendy Qiu, MD, PhD, a board-certified psychiatrist and an Alzheimer’s disease (AD) researcher, will be joining the Boston University School of Medicine faculty in December 2009 as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.
Dr. Qiu identified the role of insulin-degrading enzyme in the clearance of amyloid-beta peptides while working in Dr. Dennis Selkoe’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School. Recently, she and her research team have defined a possible depression subtype for a prodromal (or early) stage of AD. Dr. Qiu has been on the faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine for several years, and she recently received an R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging to support her research examining AD risk factors.
Dr. Qiu will be collaborating with the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BU ADC) to study the role that depression and type 2 diabetes each play in developing AD.
Brandon Gavett, PhD, recently completed his neuropsychology post-doctoral training at the BU ADC, and he has been appointed to Instructor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Gavett received his PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, and he completed an internship in clinical psychology/neuropsychology at the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Health Care System in West Haven.
Dr. Gavett’s role at the BU ADC will primarily focus on research and clinical activities. He is seeking career development funding to conduct research and receive training in chronic traumatic encephalopathy as part of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. Dr. Gavett will be overseeing new and ongoing research projects within the BU ADC.