• February 5, 2020
    Alzheimer’s-inflammation link studied
    Psychology faculty members part of collaborative research to delay symptoms

    Dr. Park examining screen​Inflammation is the body's natural reaction to infection and is necessary for healing, but when inflammation becomes chronic — due to recurring infections, injuries, or long-term exposure to chemicals or pollution — it can harm a person's health.

    Two Central Michigan University psychology faculty members are studying inflammation's role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. They are working in collaboration with Michigan State University, the lead institution on the research, which is being funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    "We know the inflammation that occurs in the body could be associated with the disease," CMU's Yannick Marchalant said. "We are trying to figure out if the inflammatory processes can influence the progression of Alzheimer's."

  • January 10, 2020

    Dr. ParkNeurology/Neuroscience Research Seminar - Presented by Dr. Kevin Park, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Central Michigan University - Friday, January 10th, 2020

    Going Beyond Amyloid: Combining an Alternative AD Model With Humanized App and Mapt Knock-In Mice

  • October 8, 2018
    Seeking a cure for Alzheimer's
    Funding backs research model that better mimics changes in the human brain

    Examining Sample in Lab Central Michigan University's Kevin Park is in the thick of the battle against the disease, boosted recently by a National Institutes of Health grant anticipated to reach $144,000 over two years.

    The department of psychology faculty member, with the help of his team of graduate and undergraduate students, is developing a new mouse model for testing the disease that will more accurately reflect what happens in humans.

    "The ultimate goal is to understand the disease enough that it will put us closer to finding a cure," said Park, who also is part of the neuroscience program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology program.