Investigating changes in cognition, brain structure, and brain connectivity that occur during the menopause transition.
Hormones play a role in memory and brain function. During the menopause transition, some women experience declines in verbal learning and memory, while others are resilient. Changes in memory circuitry occurring in midlife are predictive of future cognitive decline and development of Alzheimer’s disease. The changes in memory circuits that women experience due to changes in hormones during the menopause transition may be similar to those experienced by individuals who later develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Rachel begins her doctoral studies in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychology in the fall of 2018. In 2016, Rachel received her B.S. from Iowa State University in Psychology with minors in Biology and Women’s Studies. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Neurology at Georgetown University and science intern for the Society for Women’s Health Research where she studied the use of MR techniques and role of sex differences in the brain. Rachel is interested in understanding the neurological, cognitive, and genetic changes occurring throughout the menopausal transition. In pursuit of this research she was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Rabya is a current freshman at UIC majoring in the Biological Sciences. She is an Honors College student and is part of the GPPA Medical Scholars Program. She is currently on the pre-med track, planning to become a physician and apply her knowledge and skill to aid women in need. She is excited to work in a lab that prioritizes women’s health and aims to identify and improve outcomes in women’s cognitive function.
Lisbeth is currently a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish for the Professions. She is a first-generation college student whose parents were born in Ecuador and immigrated to Chicago where Lisbeth and her two siblings were raised. As a recipient of the L@s GANAS Research Fellowship award, she was first exposed to research and came across the WMHRP where she has been at for the past year and a half. In the future, she hopes to use her fluency in Spanish and English to interact with, treat, and study patients in low-income underrepresented communities around Chicago as an MD or MD/PhD in the pediatric or pediatric immunology field.
Interested in joining our mini lab? Contact Rachel Schroeder at rschro9uic [dot] edu.
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