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Elizabeth Frisbie presented at The Sixth Polygence Symposium of Rising Scholars. Interested in the next Symposium? Fill out the interest form here for more information.

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Elizabeth Frisbie

Richard Montgomery High SchoolClass of 2023



  • Risk Factors of Alzheimer’s Disease, and the Impact of Socioeconomic Status with mentor Morgane (Sept. 28, 2021)

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Risk Factors of Alzheimer’s Disease, and the Impact of Socioeconomic Status

Started June 4, 2021

Abstract or project description

My project is a review paper that is about 5,000 words long (18 pages) about Alzheimer’s Disease. My paper starts with an introduction that goes over the mechanisms, symptoms, and progression of the disease, and then discusses different risk factors (age and genetics, cardiovascular health, diet, sleep, depression, education, and socioeconomic status). Each risk factor section goes through statistics and studies, and discusses changes that can be made to that risk factor to reduce the risk of AD (for example, individuals can stop smoking to improve their cardiovascular health, and therefore reduce their risk of AD). Overall, my paper aims to introduce the idea of socioeconomic status as a risk factor of AD, and to explain how the other risk factors fit into it. I hope to publish my article in a high school journal so that more people can learn about why socioeconomic status is so important to an individual’s risk of AD.