Bob Woodruff Foundation – Jonas Nursing Scholar

Raymond Romano, MPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Vanderbilt University
PhD Student

My name is Raymond Romano, I am a doctoral student Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. I have a focus in health services research, and my specific research interests are in detection of dementia and care for dementia patients in the primary care setting. My interests began during my undergraduate career, when I studied the role a protein, Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 5, has in insulin related neurodegenerative diseases. I was particularly interested in the molecular pathway hyperinsulinemia has on the aberrant behavior of CDK5 contributing to the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. After my undergraduate education I received a Master in Public Health from Boston University and began working in clinical research at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. I moved to Nashville to join the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center (VMAC) and to complete the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program as a pre-specialty student. I am currently working as a FNP in primary care practice with the Metro Nashville Public School system and at the Gaylord Opryland Clinic. Particular studies I have worked on have focused on vascular health and Alzheimer’s disease pathology, subjective memory complaints, and barriers of minority groups to participation in research.