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Join us for the Upcoming NDNG Meeting

The Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group (NDNG) invites your participation in their upcoming meeting. It’s a great opportunity to engage with colleagues who share your professional interests and explore opportunities to become more actively involved. Save the date! This group meets on the third Monday of even months.

***JUNE MEETING CANCELED. Please join us in August.

WHAT:  Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Meeting

WHEN:  MON, 17 AUG // 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM ET
(Third Monday of Even Months: Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)

WHERE:  CLICK HERE to Join the Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

PHONE-IN: United States: +1 (786) 535-3211 
Access Code: 187-026-261

Julie Faieta and Brian Downer appointed Early Career Liaisons

Please join us in congratulating Julie Faieta, PhD, OTR/L and Brian Downer, PhD on their appointment as Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group (NDNG) Liaisons to the Early Career Networking Group (ECNG). In this role they will collaborate with the ECNG Mentoring Task Force to help manage NDNG member participation in the mentorship survey and matching process.

Julie Faieta image​Dr. Faieta is a rehabilitation science researcher and a licensed clinical occupational therapist in the Division of Occupational Therapy at Ohio State University College of Medicine. At present, her primary area of research is in the development and evaluation of assistive and pervasive technology-based interventions to address health span and quality of life in neurodegenerative and caregiver populations. With a specific interest in Alzheimer’s disease and technology mediated sleep supports, Dr. Faieta is working to develop interventions that can be effectively implemented with those at risk of disease development, and across each stage of the disease progression.

During her doctoral studies she completed a minor in neuroscience to facilitate enhanced understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms and disease pathologies associated with neurodegenerative conditions in order to support her research goals. In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Faieta has also maintained active involvement in the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine’s Neurodegenerative Networking Group as the chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force and as the Social Media Officer. In addition, she currently sits on the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America’s Student Scientific Paper Competition board.

Brian Downer, PhD imageDr. Downer is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His research interests include quality and outcomes of post-acute care, with a focus on older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive impairment. He is also involved in research using data from diverse, population-based cohort studies of aging to study the health services utilization of older adults with and without dementia.


NEW Webinar Series for Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group is excited to announce that development of the new Trending Topics in Neurodegenerative Diseases webinar has begun. Watch for full details coming soon!


Open Position for Membership Officer

if you are interested in exploring ways to participate in the NDNG and may be interested in serving in the leadership role of Membership Officer, please contact the chair, Mark Hirsch.