Protecting Memories: Dr. Pettigrew’s Quest to Identify Factors Against Cognitive Decline
Dr. Corinne Pettigrew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on cognitive and brain changes in older adults, which includes questions such as: what factors protect against cognitive decline?, what factors increase our risk of Alzheimer’s disease?, and what brain changes occur during the earliest phases of Alzheimer’s disease, and what types of health and lifestyle factors influence those brain changes?. Dr. Pettigrew also leads the Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement (ORE) Core of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (JHADRC). This involves overseeing community outreach activities for increasing knowledge about brain health, memory loss, and dementia in the Greater Baltimore area, and discussing the importance of research. Outside of work, her time is spent hanging out with her two daughters (preferably outside), doing CrossFit workouts, and reading fiction. She’s also a CrossFit coach, because she’s passionate about helping individuals become stronger versions of themselves.