BU ADC Happenings

in Newsletter
March 23rd, 2010


The Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BU ADC) extends a warm welcome to new staff members: Meenakshi Chivukula, psychometrician for the Health Outreach Program for the Elderly (HOPE) Study; Erin Klopfenstein, senior research coordinator and assistant to Dr. Robert Green; Dorothy Marshall, the new BU ADC African American Outreach Coordinator; and Adrienne Robinson, research assistant to Dr. Angela Jefferson and the BU ADC Education & Information Transfer Core (EITC).


BU ADC EITC co-investigator, Kathy J. Horvath, PhD, RN, recently received funding to conduct a clinical translation study entitled Implementation of the Evidence-based New York University (NYU) Caregiver Intervention for Dementia Family Caregiver Support. Developed in collaboration with Mary Mittelman, DPh, EITC Director at the NYU ADC, the study is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for two years. The goal of the project is to implement an evidence-based dementia caregiver support program in two VA settings and evaluate strategies necessary to add this intervention to clinical services.

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Budson, who assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Staff at the Boston VA Healthcare System on March 1st. Dr. Budson formerly served as the Director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Edith Nourse Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Morin, who has been appointed GRECC Director at the Edith Nourse Memorial Veterans Hospital.

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Stern, who was appointed as the BU ADC Clinical Core Director on April 1st. Dr. Stern replaces Dr. Robert Green, who stepped down to devote more time to his expanding original research program in gene discovery and genetic risk assessment in AD. Dr. Green will continue in his leadership role as the BU ADC Associate Director.

Congratulations to Dr. Angela Jefferson, who was recently asked to fill a vacated term on the Education and Information Transfer Core Steering Committee for the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center. Dr. Jefferson will hold the position through fall of 2011.


Many thanks and best wishes to ADC staff member Natalie Joffe, who recently left the HOPE Study to pursue a position in cancer advocacy in Seattle, WA.

Thank you and best wishes to our recent student trainees: Michael Dombek, who completed dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and human physiology at Boston University and is currently applying to medical school; and Brittany Masatsugu, who completed her master’s degree in psychology at Boston University and has left to pursue career opportunities on the west coast.