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AANCL Walks to end Alzheimer's!

On October 7, the Alzheimer's Association hosted a Walk to End Alzheimer's here in Champaign (for more information about the Champaign walk click here or about the walks in general click here). Members of AANCL walked at the event to show our support for the cause! It was uplifting to see how many people care about ending this disease and hear about what people have done to help those who are suffering because of Alzheimer's. There was a great turnout with 429 participants this year!


Shraddha, FanTing, Stephany, and Lydia walked to support the cause!
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Lydia presents poster at 12th Annual Saffran conference

As part of the Saffran Student Scholar Award that Lydia received, she attended and presented a poster at the 12th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation of Communication Disorders at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Her poster was titled "Cognitive and Neural Alterations in Age-Associated Hearing Loss".


Lydia receives Saffran Student Scholar Award

Lydia, a PhD student in the lab, received the Saffran Student Scholar Award for the 12th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation of Communication Disorders at Temple University. The award will include: registration to the conference, lunch with Dr. Lana Shekim, attendance at a pre-conference dinner with the speakers, travel support for airfare, and hotel accommodations. Congratulations Lydia!

FanTing receives SPARC award!

FanTing, an undergraduate research assistant in the lab, received another award for her summer research. The Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) award aims to garner student interest in pursuing a PhD and academic careers, particularly in communication sciences and disorders.

For more information about the award and the work FanTing will complete over the summer, please visit the SHS post here.

Paper published on changes in theta and alpha power in MCI

Congratulations to Lydia on her first first-author publication! The paper is titled "Theta and Alpha Alterations in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment in Semantic Go/NoGo Tasks".

Abstract
Growing evidence suggests that cognitive control processes are impaired in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI); however the nature of these alterations needs further examination. The current study examined differences in electroencephalographic theta and alpha power related to cognitive control processes involving response execution and response inhibition in 22 individuals with aMCI and 22 age-, sex-, and education-matched cognitively normal controls. Two Go/NoGo tasks involving semantic categorization were used. In the basic categorization task, Go/NoGo responses were made based on exemplars of a single car (Go) and a single dog (NoGo). In the superordinate categorization task, responses were made based on multiple exemplars of objects (Go) and animals (NoGo). Behavioral data showed t…

AANCL takes on the Undergraduate Research Symposium

Andrew, Stephany, Meghan, and FanTing made us proud by all presenting posters at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April! They did a great job of explaining their work to the judges, students, faculty, and professors who attended the event. Congratulations to all of you!

Andrew: Portable Listening Devices: Listening Habits, Hearing Health, and Cognition

Stephany and Meghan: Electrophysiological Markers of Cognitive Control in Picture Word Interference Task

FanTing: Connected Language in Alzheimer's Disease

FanTing Receives Summer Research Award

FanTing, an undergraduate research assistant in the lab, received the Campus Honor Program's Summer Research Award which will allow her to spend the summer researching a topic of her choice. FanTing will be exploring functional communication in individuals with Alzheimer's disease. At the end of the summer she will submit a research report of her findings. Congratulations FanTing! We are so proud of you and so excited to have you working in the lab this summer!

For more information, see the SHS announcement here.

Lydia & Shraddha present poster at IHSI workshop

Lydia and Shraddha presented their poster "Characterizing Early and Late Mild Cognitive Impairment Using EEG Alpha Power" at the second annual Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Workshop at Carle Foundation Hospital on February 17. This workshop focused on the topics of sleep, rehabilitative and restorative neuroscience, and neurological disease (for more information clickhere). Great work representing our lab Lydia and Shraddha!