Lori Reinhart-Mercer, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lori Reinhart-Mercer is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, joining the Center in July 2016.  She joins the Center with a vast nursing and research background.

She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Goshen College School of Nursing in Goshen, IN.   She began her nursing career at Elkhart General Hospital where she gained knowledge and experience in several departments.  Fifteen of her 21 year career at Elkhart General Hospital were focused in Labor and Delivery.  During which time, she founded and provided doula services as Innovative Woman Health Services for 10 years.

Later, Lori joined the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami remotely as a nurse specialist/senior clinical research coordinator for the studies of Memory Loss and Aging and Age-Related Macular Degeneration of the Eye in the Amish population of Northern Indiana. She was responsible for ascertainment, medical/social history, physical and cognitive assessments, phlebotomy, and data entry.  In addition, she worked concurrently at the University of Notre Dame, as the nurse on a clinical psychology research study of Stress and Glucocorticoid Sensitivity.  Her responsibilities included participant assessment and care, IV infusion administration, and serial blood sampling.

Lori is excited about becoming part of Duke University and the CABD.  Her main responsibilities at the Center will include working closely with families participating in the NIH Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT).

Representative Publications

1. D’Aoust, L.N., Cummings, A.C., Laux, R., Fuzzell, D., Caywood, L., Reinhart-Mercer, L., … Haines, J.L. (2015).  Examination of candidate exonic variants for association to Alzheimer disease in the Amish. PLoS, 10(2),

2. Hoffman, J.D., Cooke Bailey, J.N., D’Aoust, L., Cade, W., Ayala-Haedo, J., Fuzzell, D., … Haines, J.L. (2014) . Rare complement factor H variant associated with age-related macular degeneration in the Amish. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, Jun 6;55(7):4455-60.

3. Edwards, D.R., Gilbert, J.R., Hicks, J.E., Myers, J.L., Jiang, L., Cummings, A.C., … Scott, W.K. (2013).  Linkage and association of successful aging to the 6q25 region in large Amish kindreds.
Age( Dordr), Aug;35(4):1467-77.

4. Cummings, A.C., Jiang, L., Velez Edwards, D.R., McCauley, J.L., Laux, R., McFarland, L.L., … Haines, J.L. (2012) Genome-wide association and study in the Amish detects a novel candidate late-onset Alzheimer disease gene.  Ann Hum Genet. 2012 Sep;76(5):342-51.

5. Courtenay, M.D., Gilbert, J.R., Jiang, L., Cummings, A.C., Gallins, P.J., Caywood, L., … Scott, W.K. (2012) Mitochondrial haplogroup X is associated with successful aging in the Amish. Hum Genet. Feb;131(2):201-8.

6. Sardell, R.J., Nittala,  M.G.,  Adams, L.D.,  Laux, R.A.,  Cooke Bailey,  J.N.,  Fuzzell, D., Fuzzell,  S., Reinhart-Mercer,  L.,  Caywood,  L.J.,  Horst, V.,  Mackay, T.,  Dana, D.,  Sadda, S.R., Scott, W.K.,  Stambolian, D.,  Haines, J.L.,  Pericak-Vance, M.A. (2016). Heritability of Choroidal Thickness in the Amish.  Ophthalmology,  Dec;123(12):2537-2544.