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    The Robert G. Fenley Writing Awards: Basic Science Staff Writing – Bronze

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    “Identity Theft: Chasing Down Alzheimer’s Disease,” Temple Health Magazine
    By Giselle Zayon
    Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

    “Every disease takes its toll. But Alzheimer’s disease gets personal, co-opting the cognitive capacities that make us us. It’s identity theft on a molecular scale.”

    This piece is about Alzheimer’s disease research at Temple University, where researchers focus on the impact of modifiable factors like sleep and diet on brain health.

    What challenge did you overcome?

    Neuroscience research is complex — exploding with technical terms and unfamiliar concepts. Could I come to understand the science well enough to write about it coherently? Intimidation was definitely a factor I battled.

    What was the most impactful part of your award-winning entry?

    The opening paragraph — calling Alzheimer’s disease identity theft on a molecular scale — draws readers in, motivating them to continue reading.

    Giselle Zayon, giselle.zayon@tuhs.temple.edu