Barbara Bendlin

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Deputy Director, UW Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR)


Website: NCBI Publications

Barb Bendlin smiles for her bio photo. She has long auburn hair and wears a professional blazer.

Dr. Barbara Bendlin, PhD, is Deputy Director of the UW Center for Health Disparities Research and a faculty member in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Bendlin is also a member of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute Executive Committee and leads the Research Education Component of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. In addition to her vital work at the helm of multiple organizations focused on Alzheimer’s disease and aging, she directs the UW-Madison Neuroscience and Public Policy Program, which trains future research neuroscientists to be thought-leaders utilizing discovery in neuroscience to shape public policy and law. 

Dr. Bendlin’s federally funded research program is at the forefront of understanding brain and cognitive changes in healthy and diseased aging. She uses novel brain imaging techniques combined with fluid biomarkers to detect early brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease, and to understand mechanisms of disease related neural injury. Her lab also studies the effect of factors like sleep, diet, and microbial influences on aging and risk of dementia. 

View Dr. Bendlin’s publication record at NCBI My Bibliography.

In recognition of her outstanding teaching and mentorship, Dr. Bendlin received a 2019 Distinguished Honors Faculty Award. She is also an associate editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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