Elizabeth Chrastil, PhD
Dr. Elizabeth Chrastil is one of the nine 2019 WAM Research Grants Recipients. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop early markers of Alzheimer’s that are sensitive to these sex differences. In this study she will determine 1) whether and how navigational abilities change across the lifespan, particularly during menopause and 2) brain structural changes associated with early aging and the menopausal transition. Using immersive virtual reality and state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques she will examine the neural and cognitive changes related to spatial navigation that emerge in the earliest stages of aging in men and women. Together, this work will offer critical clues about why there is a higher frequency of women with memory disorders later in life.
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Dr. Elizabeth Chrastil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at UC Irvine and is a fellow of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory. Dr. Chrastil received her PhD from Brown University and did her postdoctoral work at Boston University. She also received an MS in biology from Tufts University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
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