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Research Efforts

The Wooten Laboratory is a co-sponsor of the Annual Symposia of East Carolina Chapter of Society for Neuroscience (ECCSN) from 2008 to 2012. The annual meetings are held in November each year in Greenville, North Carolina. The Wooten Laboratory has supported the Wooten Lectures given by distinguished clinicians or scientists investigating Alzheimer’s disease and/or other neurodegenerative diseases. The Wooten Laboratory has also funded and presented awards for Best Student Presentation at the symposia.

In July of 2013, Dr. Irene Hamrick published a paper in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, titled "Use of Days of the Week in a Modified Mini-Mental State Exam (M-MMSE) for Detecting Geriatric Cognitive Impairment".

In July of 2013, Dr. Qun Lu presented at Alzheimer Association International Conference in Boston, with the poster title "Small molecules targeting Rho GTPase signaling altered in Alzheimer’s disease".

In June of 2013, Drs. Qun Lu, Sonja Bareiss and Tuan Tran received notification of award with $50,000 from Alzheimers North Carolina to study physical exercise and cortical training on Alzheimer-like pathogenesis in mice.

In May of 2013, Drs. Sonja Bareiss and Kori Brewer published a paper in Neuroscience Letter, titled "Excitotoxic spinal cord injury induced dysesthesias are associated with enhanced intrinsic growth of sensory neurons".

In March of 2013, Dr. Jamie DeWitt, received the 2013 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.

In January of 2013, Dr. Qun Lu published a paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), titled "Small molecule targeting Cdc42-intersectin interaction disrupts Golgi organization and suppresses cell motility".

In January of 2013, the Wooten Laboratory accepted the invitation to present to Eli Lily representatives for partnership discussion on neurodegenerative diseases research.

In November of 2012, the Wooten Laboratory sponsored Dr. Oscar Lopez, Director of University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, as the Wooten Lecturer at the 14th annual Neuroscience Symposium.

In November of 2012, the Wooten Laboratory sponsored Dr. Weiming Xia from VA Hospital in Boston to deliver a talk at the 14th annual Neuroscience Symposium and The Wooten Roundtable Discussion.

In September of 2012, the Wooten Laboratory received a $100,000 donation to accelerate translational research and promote Wooten Laboratory research efforts.

In May of 2012, Dr. Qun Lu received a grant from National Cancer Institute to study RhoGTPase as neuroprotection target in chemotherapy-induced neurodegeneration.

In November of 2011, the Wooten Laboratory sponsored ECU Wooten Laboratory member Dr. Mark Mannie as the Wooten Lecturer in the 13th annual Neuroscience Symposium.

Certificate of Appreciation 2011

In September of 2011, Dr. Qun Lu, with the assistance and support of ECU Department of Marketing professor Dr. Margy Conchar, produced the Wooten Visibility brochure. It was distributed on Sept. 17, 2011 at the Raleigh Alzheimer's Walk, Oct. 15, 2011 at the Washington Walk, and Nov. 12, 2011 at the Greenville Walk.

In July and September of 2011, Dr. Mark Mannie received two grants from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study therapeutic vaccines (TTV) in murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE).

In May of 2011, Dr. Qun Lu received funding from PharmaTrophix for Alzheimer's disease drug applications.

In February of 2011, the Wooten Laboratory received a $100,000 donation to accelerate translational research and promote Wooten Laboratory research efforts.

In February of 2011, the Wooten Laboratory established a triple transgenic Alzheimer's disease mouse core under the direction of Dr. Qun Lu. At the same time, the funding of five Wooten projects was announced to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease-like pathogenesis in the triple transgenic mice with Alzheimer type mutations.

In November of 2010, the Wooten Laboratory co-sponsored the 12th annual East Carolina Neuroscience Symposium and the Wooten Lecture by Dr. Sandra Kelly of University of South Carolina.

In October of 2010, Dr. Qun Lu published a paper in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, titled "Alzheimer's disease-linked presenilin mutation (PS1M146L) induces filamin expression and gamma-secretase independent redistribution".

In September of 2010, Dr. Alex Murashov received a grant from National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences to study microRNA pathway in mechanisms of nanoparticles neurotoxicity.

In February of 2010, the funding of six Wooten projects was announced to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.

In November of 2009, The Wooten Laboratory sponsored Dr. Donald Price, MD, Director of Johns Hopkins University Alzheimer's Disease Center and Dr. Dwight German of University Texas Southwestern Medical Center to deliver the Wooten Lectures on Alzheimer's disease research at 11th Annual Neuroscience Symposium.

 

Community Awareness and Visibility

In August of 2013, Dr. Qun Lu is invited to give the keynote speech at 9th Annual Caregiver Education Conference in Goldsboro of North Carolina, titled "Alzheimer’s and Dementia Update".

In March of 2013, the Wooten Laboratory joined the LEAD "Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease" to promote a national push to end Alzheimer’s disease.

In November of 2012, Dr. Daniel Lee, Dr. Qun Lu, and Dr. Robert Lust participated in the education exhibits at Greenville Alzheimer Walk. They also walked with thousands of supporters.

In October of 2012, Dr. Daniel Lee, Dr. Qun Lu, and Dr. Sonja Bareiss participated in the education exhibits at Washington Alzheimer Walk. At the exhibits, discussions on Parkinson disease and Frontotemporal dementia were also held. Dr. Qun Lu, as well as Dr. Yan-hua Chen of ECU walked with hundreds of supporters. The Walk has pledged for further support for research at the Wooten Laboratory.

In April of 2012, Dr. Kori Brewer spoke at the Tipsy Teapot meeting in Greenville on the researches at the Wooten Laboratory. Dr. Stefan Clemens participated with many other ECU faculty members in the discussion of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disease at the meeting.

In October of 2011, Dr. Daniel Lee, Dr. Qun Lu, and Dr. Sonja Bareiss participated in the education exhibits at Washington Alzheimer Walk. Dr. Jean Weng, a visiting clinical pharmacologist in Dr. Qun Lu’s research group, also participated in the Walk. The Walk (sponsored by AlzNC) donated $5,000 to the Wooten Laboratory for research in Alzheimer's disease.

Wooten Laboratory donation - 2011

In October of 2010, Dr. Sonja Bareiss led the Wooten Laboratory and participated in the Washington Alzheimer Walk. The Walk (sponsored by AlzNC) donated $1,000 to the Wooten Laboratory for research in Alzheimer's disease.

Wooten Laboratory donation - 2010

In May and August of 2010, Dr. Irene Hamrick and Dr. Qun Lu continued to rally support for the Alzheimer's Walk (sponsored by www.gotricounty.com of Alzheimer's Foundation) to be held in Washington, North Carolina in October of 2010.

In May and June of 2010, Dr. Qun Lu participated in round table discussion about legal issues regarding the care of dementia patients and communication with their families.

In May of 2010, Dr. Qun Lu and Dr. Irene Hamrick visited Cypress Glen Memory Center. They toured the facility and discussed the care of dementia patients in eastern North Carolina with Laura Jett, Director of Memory Care unit.

 

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