Understanding the Aging Brain: Gender, Genes, and Modifiable Lifestyle Factors

Speaker

Judy Pa (Assistant Professor of Neurology)
USC

Date and Location

October 06, 2017 11:00am
Psychology, Room 1312

Description

Abstract:

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of cognitive impairment in older adults. Over 5 million people in the US are affected, and this number is expected to triple by 2050. There is a need to approach this crisis from both a prevention and treatment perspective. Our work is grounded in a 2-pronged approach for identifying early novel biomarkers of risk for cognitive decline and developing effective interventions for secondary prevention in those who exhibit heightened risk. I will first discuss our research aimed at understanding the underlying phenotypes of risk associated with gender and genetics, followed by ongoing clinical interventions aimed at enhancing brain function and structure.

Host

CPCN/N&B