Life Course, Immunity, and Infection: Novel Pathways for Dementia Risk

September 3, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Dr. Allison Aiello, Professor of Epidemiology, Carolina Population Center Fellow, Gillings School of Global Public Health and Adjunct Professor of Social Medicine, UNC, Chapel Hill

About Our Speaker

Dr. Aiello is Professor of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center at UNC and Adjunct Professor of Social Medicine, UNC School of Medicine. She serves as the Deputy Director of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) Wave VI. Her research accomplishments have been recently recognized by the first annual Carol Rowland Hogue Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Achievement in Epidemiology from the Society for Epidemiological Research (SER). This award recognizes a mid-career scientist for their outstanding contributions to the practice of epidemiology, including a body of work or singular achievement in research or methods that can be applied to promoting public health. She obtained her PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University with distinction and was awarded the Anna C. Gelman Award for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of epidemiology for her dissertation research. Following her graduate studies, she joined the University of Michigan as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, and two years later, was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, where she launched her academic career and held the John G. Searle Assistant Professorship of Public Health.

Dr. Aiello's research aims to determine how social and environmental exposures shape health outcomes across the life course. Through more than a decade of research, she has studied the ways in which social and environmental exposures alter immunological biomarkers and ultimately impact health. To address these questions, Dr. Aiello and her research group have developed expertise in a wide range of areas, including molecular biology, immunology, applied infectious disease research, aging research, social epidemiology, and population health. Her research focuses on some of today's most pressing and complex health conditions, including biological aging, dementia, mental health, and transmission of infectious diseases. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics, and her Google Scholar H-index is 70 with over 16,000 citations to date.

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Meeting ID: 922 6770 2721