Ozioma Okonkwo Earns National Academy of Neuropsychology Award
Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is the recipient of the 2016 Early Career Award by the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN).
Okonkwo's research focuses on identifying alterations in brain and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers that place some cognitively normal people on a pathway that culminates in Alzheimer’s disease.
He has been recognized for identifying factors such as cognitively stimulating activities such as card and board games and physical exercise that prevent cognitive decline. His research group is also characterizing genetic factors that might confer resilience to Alzheimer's disease pathology.
Criteria for the NAN Early Career Award include the overall number of research publications, the number of first author peer-reviewed journal publications, the quality of journals in which the awardee has published, grant support, and evidence of programmatic research.
“I am truly humbled by the peer recognition that this award symbolizes. Much credit goes to my trainees and staff — their untiring hard work made this possible,” said Dr. Okonkwo.
The award will be formally presented at an Awards Ceremony during the NAN Annual Conference in Seattle on October 21, 2016.
Date Published: 07/11/2016