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New Grant from National Institutes of Health Awarded to Nursing Faculty Member

September 21, 2021

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Associate Professor of Nursing Mo (Mo-Kyung) Sin, PhD, has received an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The R03 award ($288,600 over 2 years) was funded through the NIH National Institute on Aging as part of the “Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Researchers in Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias.”

With support from the NIH, Dr. Sin will continue her study of the relationship between blood pressure, cerebral vasculopathies (abnormal blood vessels of the brain: cerebral amyloid angiopathy, arteriolosclerosis) and region-specific cerebral microinfarcts (microscopic tissue infarction/necrosis of the brain) and their influence on the development of dementia.

To do so, she will use data from the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study, a longitudinal dataset collected by Kaiser Permanente and the University of Washington since 1996 that follows Kaiser Permanente patients throughout their lives. Ultimately, her research will contribute to foundational knowledge about possible mechanisms for preventing or delaying dementia in older adults, including interventions aimed at proper monitoring and treatment of blood pressure.