Grammas named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For her research into neurodegenerative conditions, Paula Grammas, executive director of the University of Rhode Island’s George and Ann Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, has been elected an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, according to a Jan. 23 university news release.

This election, said Grammas in prepared remarks, “is particularly meaningful coming from my peers.”

She continued: “I am honored to be recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which has been a force for good in supporting the work of scientists and fostering innovation and collaboration among scientists, engineers and educators around the globe.”

A letter by Rush D. Holt, the association’s CEO, said Grammas is being recognized for her “services to neuroscience, particularly in developing a novel approach to understanding the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease and explaining research to the community.”

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The 2017 fellow cohort, of which Grammas is a part, includes five Nobel Laureates and was selected for their “contributions to science and technology, scientific leadership and extraordinary achievements across disciplines,” according to the release.

Grammas is best known for her research into the role blood vessels and inflammation play in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $26 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Foundation for AIDS Research and other agencies and foundations.

She will be recognized in February during the Fellows Forum at the association’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email,