Researchers Working to Promote Healthy Aging

Tetyana Shippee

Tetyana Shippee

Associate Professor — School of Public Health

I am driven to ensure people thrive as they age

Tetyana Shippee is Associate Professor in the School of Public Health. She is a social gerontologist, focusing on what really matters to people as they age, such as quality of life measures (like social interactions with others and meal enjoyment) in retirement living settings and the role of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities for older adults' quality of life.

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Neil Henderson

Professor — Medical School

I am driven to end diabetes and dementia in American Indian and rural communities

Neil Henderson is Executive Director of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team on Health Disparities at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His research areas focus on dementia and diabetes among American Indian and rural populations.

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Karen Ashe

Professor — Medical School

I am driven to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease

One of the world’s foremost researchers of brain diseases, Karen Ashe has developed the most widely used mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. Her work has enabled scientists to better understand the molecular events that precede the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Among her discoveries, she found that a specific form of the protein amyloid-β—long associated with the disease—causes memory deficits. She also is engaged in a search for “marker” molecules in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid that could signal an early, presymptomatic stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Ashe is a professor of neurology and neuroscience and director of the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care.

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Marilyn Bruin

Professor — College of Design

I am driven to build communities that support our aging populations

Marilyn Bruin is Professor and Director of the Housing Studies Program in the College of Design. Her research focuses on affordable senior housing and developing communities that support healthy aging.

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Joseph Gaugler

Professor — School of Nursing

I am driven to find new ways to support family caregivers

Joseph Gaugler is Long-Term Care Professor in the School of Nursing and Center on Aging. His research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for chronically disabled older adults and resources that help support caregivers. He is currently conducting three federally-funded projects on the use of technology, support, and community resources to help families caring for relatives with memory loss.