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2022 Friends of BrainHealth Award Recipients

Jeahong Kim, Daniel Krawczyk, Stephen Campbell, Brandi Sinclair, Amy Barraza, Brian Conroy, Pariya Zare

Center for BrainHealth

Center for BrainHealth hosted the annual Friends of BrainHealth Scientist Selection Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club, sponsored by Barbara and Steve Durham. The 2022 Visionary New Scientist Award was determined by a live audience in a “Shark Tank” style vote among three finalists. The recipients of three other awards that had previously been selected were also recognized. All the awards were made possible by Friends of BrainHealth donors.The award recipients are:Stephen Campbell was voted the winner of the 2022 Visionary New Scientist Award by the Friends members during the program. His project is Examining the Relationship between Age-Related Differences in Locus Coeruleus Structure and Function in Sustained Attention. He is a graduate student working with Dr. Matthew Robison at UT Arlington.Amy Berglund Barraza, PhD, received the Jennifer and Peter Roberts Visionary New Scientist Award for her project, Investigating Neural Mechanisms Underlying Rhythm-Based Language Rehabilitation for Children with Developmental Language Disorder. She is a member of Dr. Yune Lee’s SLAM lab at UT Dallas.Jeahong Kim, PhD, received the Carol Heller Visionary New Scientist Award for his project, Investigating Neural Correlates Underlying Therapeutic Potential of Binaural Beat Stimulation on Alzheimer's Disease. He is a member of Dr. Yune Lee’s SLAM lab at UT Dallas.Pariya Zare, MS, received the Lyda Hill Philanthropies Visionary New Scientist Award for her project, Transcranial Photobiomodulation as a Protector for Cognition during Systemic Chemotherapy. She works with Girgis Obaid at UT Dallas.Since its inception in 2008, the Friends of BrainHealth have given nearly $4 million to the Center for BrainHealth, including grants to 50 emerging BrainHealth researchers. The 2022 Friends of BrainHealth members contributed more than $379,000 to the campaign chaired by Brian Conroy and Brandi Sinclair, setting a new record in annual giving for the donor circle. The 2023 campaign will be chaired by Marena Gault and Ted Uzelac. To become a Friend, please visit Friends of BrainHealth.About Center for BrainHealthCenter for BrainHealth® is a translational research institute committed to enhancing, preserving and restoring brain health across the lifespan. Major research areas include the use of functional and structural neuroimaging techniques to better understand the neurobiology supporting cognition and emotion in health and disease. This leading-edge scientific exploration is translated quickly into practical innovations to improve how people think, work and live, empowering people of all ages to unlock their brain potential. Translational innovations build on Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Tactics (SMART™), a proprietary methodology developed and tested by BrainHealth researchers and other teams over three decades.

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Friends Luncheon

The Friends of BrainHealth donor circle supports emerging scientists with seedling grants, and the annual luncheon becomes a riveting contest, with energetic research presentations by finalists, and a live audience vote to decide the final award.    About the Friends Luncheon →