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MHLP assistant professor awarded grant to study risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia in older LGBTQ+ adults

Nik Lampe

Nik Lampe, PhD joined the USF Department of Mental Health Law and Policy this fall.

Nik Lampe, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy (MHLP), has been awarded an Alzheimer's Association Research Fellowship to Promote Diversity grant. Lampe received nearly $200,000 to examine risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) concerning LGBTQ+-affirming care and caregiver support among a cohort of 1,256 LGBTQ+ older adults using innovative panel data from the NIA-funded Vanderbilt University Social Networks, Aging, and Policy Study (PI McKay; R01AG063771).

“With this funding, we hope to be able to identify ways to reduce ADRD disparities for older LGBTQ+ adults and be a first step in explaining how LGBTQ+-affirming care and family caregivers may aid in bettering the cognitive health of LGBTQ+ older adults,” Lampe told Vanderbilt University in a recent interview.

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