USU researchers recognized for study on aging

Researchers at Utah State University who are part of the internationally-recognized Cache County Study on Memory in Aging were recognized recently by the Utah Alzheimer’s Association. The group, involving researchers in USU’s Colleges of Education and Human Services, Agriculture and Science, received the ALEXA “A Lifetime of Exceptional Achievement” award at a gala chaired by Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. The award was presented to the group for its work in the area of Alzheimer’s research for the past 20 years. The Cache County Study on Memory in Aging study began in 1992 with 300 seniors in Cache County who participated in a pilot program. In 1994, then-Dean Bonita Wyse of the College of Family Life at USU partnered with John Breitner at Duke University and together received the first grant funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to establish the study. Twenty years after its beginnings the center has expanded its focus and its investigators have received, during its lifetime, $29 million in total external funding from the National Institutes of Health, USTAR and the USDA.

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