Congratulations to Catherine Price, PhD, ABPP/CN, who has been awarded a prestigious mid-career research award from the International Neuropsychological Society (INS).
Dr. Price, an Associate Professor and Paul Satz Term Professor who co-directs the Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN), received the Arthur Benton Award for Mid-Career Research at the 49th Annual Meeting of the INS in early February.
The award, which the INS established in 1982, recognizes the scientific achievements of those in the middle stages of their careers, or late associate/early full professor level, who have a growing international reputation and have made a substantial research impact. Individuals are eligible 11 to 24 years after they have received a terminal degree.
At the virtual INS meeting, Dr. Price gave a presentation titled “Minding the Gap in Evidence Based Perioperative Brain Behavioral Research for Older Adults Electing Surgical Procedures with Anesthesia.” She highlighted NIH-funded interdisciplinary clinical research addressing preoperative brain and cognitive profiles, pre- to postoperative neuroimaging changes, and pre- to postoperative cognitive-behavioral changes assessed with traditional and digital technologies. She described the gap in evidence-based research addressing perioperative approaches for people with neurodegenerative disorders and discussed the role of neuropsychology in this type of training.
With a recent leadership grant from the NIH, Dr. Price is in the process of expanding the reach of PeCAN with the overall goal of making UF Health a flagship institution in the field addressing perioperative cognitive medicine for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias. Dr. Price’s research and PeCAN’s approach to hospital-based efforts to evaluate older patients for cognitive impairment before surgery and for delirium after surgery have garnered widespread recognition.
PeCAN, which was established to identify at-risk older adults prior to surgery and assist with intervention development, is supported jointly by the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine.