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Karyn’s laboratory studies how aging, sex-steroid hormones, and environmental factors affect hippocampal function and hippocampal-dependent memory.  Her goal is to develop safe and effective treatments for reducing age-related memory decline.

Karyn’s work is motivated by the rapidly expanding elderly population worldwide, which will greatly increase the prevalence of age-related cognitive decline and dementia.  The ultimate goal is to help mitigate the impact of cognitive aging on the individual and society by facilitating the development of treatments to reduce or prevent age-related memory decline in humans.  Her lab uses rats and mice to examine systems-level and cellular-level questions about memory formation in a mammalian system where the effects of aging, hormones, and environmental stimulation are similar to those in humans. Karyn’s studies combine a variety of approaches including behavioral, biochemical, pharmacological, genetic, and anatomical methods in order to gain a more detailed picture of the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of aging, estrogens, progestagens, and environmental enrichment on the hippocampus and hippocampal memory formation.

For opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels, please contact Karyn Frick at

Karyn M. Frick, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2441 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: 414-229-6615
Fax: 414-229-5219