Grant recipients.

Two medical students and one doctoral student to attend scientific conferences

Two graduate medical students and one doctoral student in cognitive neuroscience have received 2019-2020 Karen L. Wrenn Trust Travel Awards. The awards, given each year to Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) graduate students, are made possible through the generosity of the Wrenn Trust, named for Duke alumna Karen L. Wrenn, who died of Alzheimer’s Disease. Along with the Trust, the awards are supported by visionary Duke Alumni leader Marjorie Thomas.

Award recipients used the funding to attend and present research at key scientific conferences such as the annual Society for Neuroscience event, one of the foremost neuroscience events of the year. It allows them to benefit from presentations, exhibit posters, and network with other professionals.

This year’s awardees:

  • Tracy Darbeloff, doctoral student in the Cognitive Neuroscience program, who is identifying mid-life risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. She is working in the laboratory of Dr. Hamad Hariri.
  • Deborah Oyeyemi, graduate medical student, who is studying the shared risks between dementia and post-operative cognitive decline. She is working in the laboratories of Drs. Heather Whitson and Miles Berger.
  • Cason B. Robbins, graduate medical student, who is working on the Duke Neurodegeneration Retinal Imaging Repository. He is working in the laboratories of Drs. Sharon Fedrat and Dilraj Grewal.

Originally posted on the DIBS website