Completed CoNDA Projects

Aaryn Mustoe, PhD

Age-Specific Impacts in Neurocognitive Outcomes Following Prolonged Social Isolation
Aaryn Mustoe, PhD
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dr. Mustoe leads the pilot project, Age-Specific Impacts in Neurocognitive Outcomes Following Prolonged Social Isolation. Dr. Mustoe is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and a Research Associate at the Callitrichid Research Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his BS degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior from UNO, and was a postdoctoral researcher at UNO/University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr Mustoe is trained as a behavioral endocrinologist and pharmacologist and studies neural, hormonal, and behavioral mechanisms underlying individual differences in prosocial behavior and vulnerabilities and resilience to social stressors.

Max Kurz, PhD

Neuromagnetic Signatures of Down Syndrome
Max Kurz, PhD
Boystown National Research Hospital

Dr. Kurz leads the pilot project, Neuromagnetic Signatures of Down Syndrome at the CoNDA Center. Dr. Kurz is a scientist in the Institute for Human Neuroscience and Director of the Physiology of Walking & Engineering Rehabilitation (PoWER) Laboratory. His research program uses a blend of multimodal neuroimaging (EEG, MEG, sMRI) and advanced biomechanical engineering methods to uncover the neurophysiology of how individuals make cognitive-motor decisions, integrate sensory information and generate motor actions. Primary areas of interest include igniting beneficial neuroplasticity in children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (i.e., cerebral palsy, Down syndrome) for improved mobility. In addition, his research is directed at the development of innovative rehabilitative solutions that can eliminate barriers and unlocking an individual's true potential.

 

Kelly Stauch, PhD

Immunometabolism in Parkinson’s Disease: Peripheral Marker and Correlation with Neuroimaging
Kelly Stauch, PhD
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Stauch leads the pilot project, Immunometabolismin Parkinson ’s disease: Peripheral Marker and Correlation with Neuroimaging at the CoNDA Center. Dr. Stauch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at UNMC. Her research examines the mechanisms leading to bioenergetic dysfunction and the role this plays in modulating pathogenesis of brain injury, aging, and neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (PD). Her current CoNDA pilot project utilizes her expertise and novel reproducible rat model of PDto elucidate the relationship of peripheral and neuroimaging biomarkers to PD disease course.