Title: Senior director, Neuroscience Research, and senior investigator, HealthPartners Institute
Joined the Institute: 2000
Education and training: PhD, neuroscience, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Overview/research interests: The prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders; how lifestyle changes, including exercise of the body and mind, can prevent memory loss associated with aging.
More broadly, Dr. Hanson’s research has focused on the development of novel therapeutic delivery methods for the treatment and prevention of neurologic diseases, especially those that impact older adults, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. She has numerous publications and patents in the field of intranasal delivery with a wide range of experience from pre-clinical to clinical studies. Dr. Hanson has led numerous pre-clinical studies and has experience with infrastructure projects and observational studies. In 2010, she initiated the Minnesota Memory Project, a longitudinal cohort study of memory changes in adults and associated risk and protective factors, and she continues to serve as the principal investigator. Her experience includes recruitment for clinical research and trials in dementia via electronic medical record and health care claims data, conducting trials of non-medication interventions including education and support for patients and caregivers, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and aromatherapy.
Current research activities and funding:
- The Minnesota Memory Project
- The AGING Initiative