St. Louis program to help Fongang study Alzheimer’s-vascular interplay

Bernard Fongang, Ph.D.

Bernard Fongang, Ph.D., of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases and assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has been selected to participate in the PRIDE CVD-CGE Program, a research enrichment activity offered by Washington University at St. Louis.

The primary objective of the all-expense-paid Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology (CVD-CGE) is to provide training and mentoring to junior-level faculty and scientists who are under-represented in the biomedical sciences, and/or who have a disability, so that they can competently and effectively develop independent research programs on cutting-edge heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders.

This initiative to bring under-represented faculty and scientists into research is important because of the major public health burden of these diseases and health disparities, the program’s website reads.

The Summer Institute program provides a working knowledge and appreciation for cardiovascular disease comorbidities, genetics and epidemiology, and integration of these skills with the mentee’s substantive research interests in cardiovascular disease and heart, lung, blood and sleep research.

“We are proud of Bernard for being accepted into the PRIDE CVD-CGE Program to study gene-environment interactions between Alzheimer’s disease genes and vascular risk factors in determining risk of dementia,” said Sudha Seshadri, M.D., professor of neurology and founding director of the Biggs Institute.

The program begins July 18 in St. Louis.

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