Dr. Emilie Dykstra Goris of the Hope College nursing faculty has received an award and a new grant for her on-going research into the genetics of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease.
In April, she will be presented the Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Physiology, Behavior, Genomics & Society Research Section of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) for work that she conducted while in graduate school. During the next two years, she will continue her research through a $50,000 grant she recently received from the Kenneth H. Campbell Foundation for Neurological Research.
She has been seeking to learn more about the role played by a specific gene, Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR), in apathy as a symptom among those with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s research that she notes may also enhance understanding of apathy among those with other disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.