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Azizah Jor’dan, Ph.D.

Adjunct-Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston
Principal Investigator (WOC), New England Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, VA Boston Healthcare System

Azizah Jor’dan is an Assistant Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has expertise in motor control, the assessment of gait and balance, and the measurement of vascular physiology using transcranial Doppler ultrasound. More recently, she has gained experience in 1) the measurement of brain activation using functional near-infrared spectroscopy, and 2) noninvasive brain stimulation, and the application of these techniques to translational aging research. She is currently applying my areas of expertise through my NIA-funded Pathway to Independence Award project, in which she aims to determine 1) the effects of aging, type 2 diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer’s disease on the relationship between the ability to walk and stand and the associated brain activation that occurs during these activities (K99 AG051766), and 2) if increasing brain activation using noninvasive electrical brain stimulation will result in improved walking and standing in these vulnerable populations. Her research will therefore provide new insights into the control of walking and standing and provide proof-of-concept that brain stimulation can be used as a safe rehabilitative strategy in aging and age-related disease.