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Dr. Westmark received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. Currently, she is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests lie in the area of synaptic function as related to the over-expression of amyloid beta protein precursor and amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome. She is studying therapeutic and dietary approaches that reduce amyloid beta and rescue seizure, behavioral, cognitive and biomarker phenotypes associated with the aforementioned disorders. She has served on the associate editorial boards of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology, Translational Medicine-Current Research and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinsonism. She has been a guest editor for special editions in Neural Plasticity and Frontiers in Neurology. She has authored over 30 research articles/books. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and has reviewed grants for NIH.
Synaptic function as related to the over-expression of amyloid beta protein precursor
Amyloid beta in Alzheimer’s disease
Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome