3 Awarded Karen L. Wrenn Alzheimer's Disease Travel Prize

2 medical students, 1 doctoral students to attend scientific conferences

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Picture of plane, brain for Wrenn Travel Awards
Karen L. Wrenn Travel Awards help DIBS graduate students attend scientific conferences

Two graduate medical students and one doctoral student in cognitive neuroscience have received 2019-2020 Karen L. Wrenn Trust Travel Awards. The awards, given each year to DIBS graduate students, are made possible through the generosity of the Wrenn Trust, named for Duke alumna Karen L. Wrenn, who died of Alzheimer's Disease. Along with the Trust, the awards are supported by visionary Duke Alumnae leader Marjorie Thomas.

Award recipients used the funding to attend and present research at key scientific conferences such as the annual Society for Neuroscience event, one of the foremost neuroscience events of the year. It allows them to benefit from presentations, exhibit posters, and network with other professionals. 

This year's awardees:

  • Cason B. Robbins, graduate medical student, who is working on the Duke Neurodegeneration Retinal Imaging Repository. He is working in the laboratories of Drs. Sharon Fedrat and Dilraj Grewal.
  • Deborah Oyeyemi, graduate medical student, who is studying the shared risks between dementia and post-operative cognitive decline. She is working in the laboratories of Drs. Heather Whitson and Miles Berger.
  • Tracy d'Arbeloff, doctoral student, who is identifying mid-life risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. She is working in the laboratory of Dr. Hamad Hariri.