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Hopkins Researcher Raising Funds for Dementia Research

Dr. Maranda Trahan and her research team are working to help individuals with dementia to communicate.

A Johns Hopkins researcher has three days left in a crowdfunding campaign to benefit dementia research.

Dr. Maranda Trahan, a board certified behavioral analyst, is working with a team of student researchers from Towson University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County to find a method for dementia patients to communicate basic wants and needs using picture cards, according to a news release. Trahan is aiming to raise $4,000 to fund more researchers for the project through Rockethub. As of Thursday morning, $2,565 were raised.

The campaign ends on Sunday.

According to the release, Trahan, a postdoctoral research fellow, has found promising success with the program, but the method has not yet been tested on dementia patients. She is conducting her research at the Program for the All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly facility on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, at the Baltimore and Dundalk line.

Trahan is working with older adults from the greater Baltimore area.

Fore more information, check out Trahan's Rockethub page.

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