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McKnight Brain Research Foundation Hosts Eighth Inter-Institutional Meeting on Cognitive Aging and Age Related Memory Loss

Published: July 6th, 2015

Category: News

On April 29-May 1, 2015, approximately 100 cognitive aging and memory research scientists from the four McKnight Brain Institutes for the eighth inter-institutional gathering. This annual meeting is sponsored the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) whose Purpose is to support research of the brain, principally intended for clinical application, to accomplish alleviation of in age related memory loss.
(Review program here…)

Below please find a list of speakers along with their presentations.

This year’s meeting of the directors and their respective research teams from the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institutes at the University of Alabama, the University of Arizona, the University of Florida (UF) and the University of Miami was hosted by the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Miami. Ralph Sacco, MD, executive director and Clinton Wright, MD scientific director and endowed chair at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Miami, acted as co-chairs of the program development and the local arrangements for this important and successful meeting.

The purpose of the inter-institutional meetings is to foster the necessary collaboration between the research scientists in each of the four McKnight Brain Institutes to achieve successful outcomes in the understanding of cognitive aging and the problems of learning and memory in the aging with emphasis on cognitive health, prevention and treatment of cognitive decline and loss. This year’s meeting program was designed to foster and emphasize the collaboration between the research scientists in three main areas: epigenetics, neuroimaging, and standardization of cognitive assessment measures. An important component of the program was a series of presentations by young investigators and graduate students on research in progress involving various aspects of cognitive aging and memory loss associated with the aging process. The highlight of the meeting was the key note address by Dan G. Blazer, MD, co-chair of the Institute of Medicine Study on COGNITIVE AGING Progress in Understanding and Opportunity for Action. The study was commissioned by the MBRF was release on April 14, 2015. Click here for a link to the Study Report.

The inter-institutional meetings are held at least annually, rotating among each of the four McKnight Brain Institutes. The next meeting will be April 27-April 29, 2016 at the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona.

Because much of the information contained in each of the scientific sessions is of a proprietary and preliminary nature, not all of the power points slides accompanying each presentation are published. Anyone wishing to obtain information personally may wish to make contact with the individual investigator. The contact information for each investigator is listed in the roster for each respective institution in the back of the program.

Name Email Title of presentation
Daniel G. Blazer, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. Cognitive aging: A review of the Institute of Medicine Report
Tom Foster, Ph.D. Overview of the Epigenetics Core, data generated at UF and UA on aged animals, samples prepped,a nd general experimental design for the entire project.
David Sweatt, Ph.D. Identification of Memory Genes
Matt Huentelmen, Ph.D. Numbers and Neurons: Initial Bioinformatic Analysis of the McKnight Collaborative Data
Juan Young, Ph.D. What the Core can do for you, translational potential
Kristina Visscher, Ph.D. Brain networks defined by functional connectivity: relating cortical thickness to executive function performance in older adults
Gene Alexander, Ph.D. Influence of health factors on cognitive and brain aging
Adam Woods, Ph.D. Cerebral metabolic factors associated with cognitive aging
Clinton Wright, M.D., M.S. Imaging methods to understand the impact of cerebrovascular damage in age related cognitive decline
Ronald A. Cohen, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN Summary and links to cognitve core
Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.N., F.A.H.A. Cardiovascular influences on cognition in the aging brain: An introduction
Miguel Perez-Pinzon, Ph.D. Global cerebral ischemia and cognitive decline in aged animal models
Tara DeSilva, Ph.D. Acute vs.chronic effects of cerebral hypoperfusion with aging: animal models
Lee Ryan, Ph.D. Combined anti-inflammatory therapy and memory training to improve cognitive function in patients with heart failure
Ronald A. Cohen, Ph.D., ABPP, ABCN Heart failure: Effects of chronic cerebral hypoperfusion on cognitive aging
Lara Ianov, B.S. Linking executive function and transcription in the medical prefrontal cortex
Linda Bean, B.S. Opening the therapeutic window for estrogen treatment through hippocampal ER-alpha overexpression
Andrew Kennedy, Ph.D. Long lasting Epigenetic Therapeutics to Improve Cognition
Jeremy Day, Ph.D. Epigenetic control of neuronal systems: A potential avenue for cognitive therapeutics
Stephen Cowen, Ph.D. The influence of Aging on the Variability of Neuronal Activity
Joyce Gomes-Osman, P.T., Ph.D. Measuring brain plasticity using non-invasive brain stimulation – a potential tool for the study of aging
Kunjan R. Dave, Ph.D. Accelerated brain aging in diabetics: impact of recurrent hypoglycemia