Laura Cox, PhD
Dr. Laura Cox is one of the nine 2020 WAM Research Grants Recipients and is using her funding to continue work in understanding the connection between the gut and the brain. This study will investigate how the gut microbiota may trigger plaque build-up and Alzheimer’s disease in brain cells. She will be examining the effects of the gut microbiome to determine what environmental factors contribute to Alzheimer’s and whether they are genetically programmed differently in women than men. This information could lead to different therapeutics including the development of probiotics, that could be tailored for men and women in order to reduce risk.
More about Dr. Laura Cox
Dr. Laura Cox is an Instructor in Neurology at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and BWH Hospital. As a recipient of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Award, she is investigating whether the gut microbiome can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease in women. Dr. Cox was originally trained as a clinical microbiologist, identifying infectious agents. She then obtained her PhD in the lab of Dr. Martin Blaser, where she found that early-life antibiotics lead to lasting metabolic consequences. To gain experience with models of neurologic disease, she then pursued postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Howard Weiner. In addition to funding from the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Dr. Cox has received a fellowship from the Brigham Research Institute Women’s Brain Initiative and a grant from the Infectious Disease Society to investigate potential infectious triggers and sex-specific interactions of the microbiome in Alzheimer’s disease.
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