Rachel Klaren has received the Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging

KCH graduate student Rachel Klaren has received the Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging. Students on the University of Illinois campuses in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign are eligible for this prestigious award. A selection committee comprised of Chicago and Urbana-Champaign faculty choose two awardees in their second year of graduate work or beyond based on peer-reviewed publications, research innovation, commitment to the field of aging, grades, and scores on the Graduate Record Examination.

Rachel is a PhD student whose research focuses on the integration of physical activity within aging populations with neurological disorders. She is particularly interested in such specific neurological assessments as MRI and how these assessments can be used to identify central nervous system changes in response to exercise. She has been a member of the Exercise Neuroscience Research Lab for four years. Her involvement in the lab's studies have resulted in co-authorship of scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed journals as well as several presentations at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) conference. She received a CMSC-ACTRIMS (Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers-Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis) Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting, where she received the CMSC-ACTRIMS Award for Best Platform Presentation in Patient and Family Rehabilitation.

Dr. Keith Kelley, professor emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences and a longtime member of the Doolen Award selection committee, presented the award to Rachel at the April 13 Honors and Awards Program of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.

Dr. Keith Kelley presented the award to Rachel Klaren