Tsai-Yi Lu, PhD, Selected for the National Institute on Aging’s Butler-Williams Scholars Program

July 9, 2024 by

Tsai-Yi Lu, PhD

Tsai-Yi Lu, PhD

Tsai-Yi Lu, PhD, from the Department of Neuroscience, has been selected to participate in the prestigious Butler-Williams Scholars Program sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

The Butler-Williams Scholars Program is a highly competitive initiative that provides a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to expand their knowledge and network in the field of aging research. This year the program will cover a comprehensive range of topics, including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, the basic biology of aging, behavioral and social science research, geriatrics and clinical gerontology, and guidance on developing research interests. Additionally, it will address minority health, health disparities, and advancing health equity. Participants will engage in a mock scientific review of grant applications, delve into the neuroscience of aging, and receive an overview of NIA career development awards. The program will also provide guidance on the preparation and submission of research grant applications.

Dr. Lu’s selection as a Butler-Williams Scholar is a testament to their significant contributions to the field, particularly in the area of the neurobiology of myelination, which is essential for brain function but gradually becomes dysfunctional during aging and aging-associated neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Lu’s current research focuses on how modulatory molecules secreted from neurons affect myelin dynamics at different stages of life, aiming to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms of aging-associated decline in myelin production and repair. This work has the potential to advance our understanding of aging-associated cognitive decline and myelin dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The participation of Dr. Lu in the Butler-Williams Scholars Program will further enhance their research career and contributions to the field of aging.

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