April 1, 2020

Mahmoudi Receives Alzheimer’s Association Grant to Develop Risk Assessment Tool

Elham Mahmoudi
Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D, M.B.A., assistant professor

Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D, M.B.A., assistant professor, is the recipient of a three-year, $150,000 award from the Alzheimer’s Association.  

Over the next three years, Mahmoudi will develop an at-risk assessment tool for predicting readmissions to the hospital for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD). Her research also aims to tailor the care coordination and discharge processes according to specific risks of readmission for this vulnerable patient population.

 “Patients with ADRD are at higher risk of hospitalization and 30-day readmission compared to other older adults,” Mahmoudi said.


Readmission is expensive and increases the risk of institutionalization and premature death among ADRD patients. This is a critically important area, because the prevalence of ADRD is growing so rapidly it is difficult to find unaffected families.” 

The work is funded by the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2020 International Research Grant Program. Mahmoudi is a “New to the Field” grant awardee.

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