Dr. Ian McDonough has won the Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator Honors Award from the National Institute of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Dr. McDonough began studying the processes underlying learning and memory as an undergraduate at UCLA. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, he gained valuable experience testing basic mechanisms of memory, executive function, and aging using experimental, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging techniques. He received multiple dissertation awards, which supported his research. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 2011, he expanded this knowledge base as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Vital Longevity. There, he gained experience working on an engagement-intervention program for older adults called the Synapse Project. Currently, as an Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama, he plans to investigate the mechanisms underlying age-related decline and develop interventions based on these newly discovered mechanisms to help maintain cognition and prevent the development of dementia. More information on the award can be found here.