Frank Puga, Ph.D., assistant professor/research in the School of Nursing, recently participated in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Butler-Williams Scholars Program in Bethesda, Maryland.
Scholars in the program met with emerging researchers in aging research and leaders at that National Institute of Aging to discuss how to advance the science of longevity. Scholars also received feedback on potential research ideas and grant submissions.
Dr. Puga investigates physiological and behavioral processes that increase vulnerability to mental health and accelerate age-related cognitive decline. His research has a specific focus on populations at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease, including family caregivers and Latinos.
A significant focus of Dr. Puga’s research is to develop and test behavioral interventions that increase physiological resilience to stress, improve mental health and delay to onset of cognitive decline.
In addition to his appointment in the School of Nursing, Dr. Puga is affiliated with the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.