Prentice Bloedel Research Day Speakers

Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD, is a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. With funding from the National Institute on Aging, her research interests are focused on the epidemiology of aging. Dr. Cruickshanks’ research includes two longitudinal cohort studies. Major themes of her research are the links between subclinical atherosclerosis, inflammation, and metabolic dysregulation and the sensory and neurological disorders of aging. Dr. Cruickshanks has served on the National Deafness and Communications Disorders Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health and a number of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committees relating to hearing loss, including the Committee on Gulf War and Health, and Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults.

Gwenn Garden, MD, PhD, is Professor of Neurology and co-director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center within the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington. Dr. Garden’s work focuses on molecular pathways that influence the inflammatory behavior of microglia, which are the resident innate immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS). In response to inflammatory signals, neural injury or chronic disease, microglia will adopt neuroprotective or neurotoxic functions. The overarching goal of Dr. Garden’s research program is to identify potential therapeutic targets that could modify the inflammatory response to promote the neuroprotective functions of microglia.

Thomas J. Grabowski, MD, is a behavioral neurologist and neuroscientist, with expertise in degenerative brain disease, brain organization, and brain imaging. He leads the UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center, which organizes clinical and research programs in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. As an expert on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting memory, language and cognition, his research work is in brain imaging, using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to study brain networks, in health and disease. By understanding the brain’s organization, Dr. Grabowski seeks to develop a way to detect Alzheimer’s disease with MRI before symptoms develop.

Frank R. Lin, MD, PhD, is the director of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health and an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Lin completed his medical education, residency in Otolaryngology, and PhD in Clinical Investigation, all at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Lin's clinical practice is dedicated to otology and the medical and surgical management of hearing loss. His public health research focuses on understanding how hearing loss affects the health and functioning of older adults and the strategies and policies needed to mitigate these effects. In particular, Dr. Lin has demonstrated the impact of hearing loss on dementia, and his research, testimony, and broader advocacy efforts led to the passage of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 that overturned 40 years of established regulatory precedent in the U.S.

Kelly L. Tremblay, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA, is a clinician and neuroscientist at the University of Washington, and co-founder of the Population Hearing HealthCare Committee. With a 20-year history of research funding, Dr. Tremblay has developed a program of research aimed at improving the neural capacity to communicate, as well as optimizing the listening environment and health care systems for doing so. With this background, she is keenly aware of the communication difficulties described by aging adults. Dr. Tremblay is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hearing Loss Association of America and a guideline development member for the World Health Organization.


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