Michelle Caunca BSc

University of Miami

Michelle R. Caunca is an MD/PhD Candidate in Epidemiology in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30) Fellow, funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and sponsored by Tatjana Rundek, MD, PhD and Clinton B. Wright, MD, MS. She is also supported by the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. Her Dissertation work focuses on examining the relationships between regional MRI markers of brain aging and cognitive performance in a racially/ethnically diverse, urban sample using data from the Northern Manhattan Study. This work will also address statistical and methodological issues inherent in epidemiologic neuroimaging datasets. She aspires to become an academic neurologist and epidemiologist studying the vascular and social determinants of cognitive aging in an effort to translate epidemiological findings into public health and clinical practice.