T32 Training Grant TRIAD

The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is the recipient of a $2 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to train the next generation of dementia researchers. The T32 training grant, entitled “Training in Translational Research iAlzheimer’s and Related Dementias” (or TRIAD), is the first Sanders-Brown Center on Aging training grant dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Training for Our Next Generation of Scientists and Clinicians

TRIAD provides cross-disciplinary, bench-to-bedside instruction for our next generation of scientists and clinicians. The program is designed to train participants to become active and productive members of an innovative and multidisciplinary workforce, dedicated to the accelerated development of novel treatments or preventative approaches for Alzheimer's disease and related neurological disorders. The thematic focus of the training program is on risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; these risk factors include cerebrovascular disease, neuroinflammation, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury. TRIAD supports four predoctoral and four postdoctoral researchers, who will learn approaches at the forefront of neurodegeneration research and data science, as well as interdisciplinary team-based approaches to enhance the quality of our future health science workforce. 


Predoctoral applicants must come from either the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS) graduate program or the MD/PhD program in the College of Medicine. There are no restrictions on postdoctoral applicants. The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity university. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and all interested and qualified people.

Interested individuals should email either Linda Van Eldik, PhD, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Director, or Paul Murphy, PhD, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Associate Director for Education.

TRIAD: Translational Research in Alzheimers and Related Dementias. Mentors and Trainees studying Brain Injury, Cerebrovascular Dysfunction, Genetic/Lifestyle Risks, Neuroinflammation through Clinical, Molecular/Biochemical, and Translational Science

T32 Recipients


Shelby Meier

Scott Thalman

Kendra Skaggs

Jenna Gollihue

Adam Ghoweri

Katherine VanPelt

Kate Salmeron

Peter Hecker

Cory Dungan

Elizabeth Rhodus

Courtney Kloske



Holden Williams

Tyler Hammond

Zachary Winder

Drew Farr

Nick Devanney

Timothy (TJ) Libecap

Mary (Katie) Malone

Lincoln Shade

Ryan Shahidehpour

Justin (Matt) Thomas

Justin Welden



GYeon Oh

Kate Foley

Nick Devanney

Hilaree Frazier

Jenny Lutshumba

Caleb Bailey

Peter Hecker

Jon Vincent

Carrie Johnson

Leslie Golden