CNDR Trains the Next Generation!

Get a look inside CNDR’s Summer Student Internship programHear from CNDR Director, Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, MBA, as well as students and mentors on the importance of this program and how it is paving the way for future scientists and researchers.

One of the Institute on Aging’s closest partners is the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) at the University of Pennsylvania. Directed by Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, MBA and Co-Directed by IOA Director, John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, CNDR works to bring together researchers investigating the causes and mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases that occur most frequently with advancing age such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTD), and more.

It is their goal to find ways to better diagnose and treat these disorders all while providing top-notch training to the next generation of researchers. One way that they do this is through their Summer Student Internship program. This program brings in high school and college level students to work hands-on alongside the CNDR team in their various labs. Throughout this summer program, students are trained by the dedicated research specialists at CNDR, given the opportunity to experience and contribute to real-world research, and gain the confidence that they too can help make a difference in combatting the devastating neurodegenerative diseases that affect the lives of so many patients and their families.

To learn more about the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, visit:



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