Current Research

Currently, our lab has a mix of federally funded grants along with internally funded projects that are underway.

Crest-2 is a NIH funded national study for people with narrowing of the carotid artery, without stroke warning signs caused by that artery. This study is comparing three different methods of stroke prevention including, intensive medical management alone compared to intensive medical management in combination with a procedure to reopen the carotid artery in the neck (called revascularization) using either carotid endarterectomy or stenting. Cognitive PI: Dr. Ronald Lazar

ARCADIA-CSI is a NIH funded ancillary study to the ARCADIA trial in which we will assess cognitive function and silent infarction in a subset of the ARCADIA population, who are either on Apixaban or aspirin for secondary stroke prevention. PI: Dr. Ronald Lazar

HAMMS is a NIH funded grant investigating the association between hippocampal subfield atrophy, systemic inflammation, and cognition in persons with multiple sclerosis. PI: Dr. Adam Gerstenecker

The Neuroinflammation After Myocardial Infarction study is investigating the effects of myocardial infarction (more commonly known as a heart attack) in combination with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention or stenting) on neuroinflammation and cognition. PI: Dr. Ronald Lazar

Our LVAD study is assessing cognition in heart failure patients who are undergoing LVAD (left ventricular assist device) placement. Cognition is being assessed prior to VAD placement and routinely reassessed for a year following VAD placement. PI: Dr. Ronald Lazar and Co-PI: Dr. Ekaterina Bakradze

COPE is an exercise study investigating the effects of high intensity cardiovascular exercise on cognition, cerebral blood flow and cerebral oxygen extraction in older sedentary women. PI: Dr. Ronald Lazar