Dr. Barbara Bendlin

Dr. Barbara Bendlin is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an investigator at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). Dr. Bendlin leads a large federally funded translational research program centered on identifying the earliest brain changes that occur in the course of Alzheimer’s disease, determining factors that increase or decrease risk for dementia, as well as designing and testing interventions for dementia.

Studies in her lab capitalize on recent advancements in PET, MRI, and fluid biomarker analysis to identify the development of neuropathology, particularly in the cognitively unimpaired stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Factors under study in her lab that may contribute to risk or resilience include diet, exercise, type 2 diabetes, gut microbiota, and social determinants of health.

Additionally, Dr. Bendlin is the director of the Neuroscience & Public Policy Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and leads the Research Education Component of the Wisconsin ADRC, the goal of which is to train the next generation of Alzheimer’s disease researchers.