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Auriel Willette

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Food Science and Human Nutrition

Office: 224d Mackay 2302 Osborn Dr., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 3110
Email: awillett@iastate.edu

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Research interests

*Obesity, Metabolic Dysfunction, and Brain Outcomes using MRI and PET

*Cognitive Neuroscience

*Neurological Disorders (Alzheimer’s disease)


*Biomedical Big Data and Data Mining



Swanson A, Willette AA, for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Novel proinflammatory CSF biomarkers strongly predict longitudinal atrophy and memory decline in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, in press.

Willette AA†, Bendlin BB†, Birdsill AC, Johnson SC, Christian BT, La Rue A, Hermann BP, Koscik RL, Jonaitis EM, Sager MA, Asthana S. Insulin resistance predicts lower cerebral glucose utilization in late middle-age. 2015. JAMA Neurology 72(9), 1013-20.

Willette AA, Modanlo N, Kapogiannis D, for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Insulin resistance predicts medial temporal hypermetabolism in MCI conversion to Alzheimer’s disease. 2015. Diabetes 64(6): 1933-40.

Willette AA, Johnson SC, Birdsill A, Sager M, Christian B, Baker L, Craft S, Oh J, Statz E, Hermann B, Jonaitis E, Koscik R, La Rue A, Asthana S, Bendlin B. Insulin resistance predicts brain amyloid deposition in late middle-aged adults. 2015. Alzheimer’s and Dementia 11(5):504-510.e1.

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