Join us as we spotlight student and faculty research!

When

Friday, May 5, 2017
7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where

Ballroom, UWM Student Union

Schedule of events

7:30 – 8:00 am
Poster setup

7:30 – 9:00 am
Breakfast/poster viewing

8:00 – 8:40 am
Graduate student meeting with keynote speaker

8:45 – 9:00 am
Welcome

9:00 – 10:15 am
Keynote Address

10:20 am – 12:00 pm
Podium presentations

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Poster viewing/refreshments

12:35 pm
Closing/announcement of winners

Keynote Speaker

Emily RogalskiDr. Emily Rogalski
Associate Professor and Director of Neuroimaging for the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Rogalski’s research falls under the broad umbrella of aging and dementia and uses a multimodal approach to investigate two aging perspectives: primary progressive aphasia (PPA) in which neurodegenerative disease invades the language network and SuperAging in which individuals are seemingly resistant to the deleterious changes in memory associated with “normal” or more typical cognitive aging. Her investigations assist in defining the clinical and anatomical features of different dementia syndromes as well as identifying genetic and other risk factors.

Keynote Address

“Neuroscientific Research Opportunities in Dementia, Aging and SuperAging”

Progressive loss of memory is the most common, but not the only, clinical phenotype associated with Alzheimer’s disease pathology (AD). AD appears in up to 30% of cognitively normal elderly, increasing age is one of the strongest risk factors for AD yet it also appears in the language based dementia primary progressive aphasia (PPA), which tends to manifest before the age of 65. These observations suggest that there is no one-to-one relationship between clinical phenotype and underlying pathology. This presentation will address the conundrum of AD from two unconventional vantage points, through SuperAging as a model of resilience to AD and through PPA as model of AD where some disease components display atypical distributions. Our results suggested that there are unique biological and psychosocial factors that promote SuperAging as well as mechanisms that shape the unusual expressions of AD in PPA. These studies are important for separating age-related changes of cognition and brain that are inevitable from those that are not necessarily universal in order to identify strategies for optimizing cognitive health and quality of life in old age.

Registration

To help with our planning efforts, faculty, staff and students are requested to RSVP for the event using the specific links indicated below.

Faculty and Staff

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Students

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Type in your name, check the box next to it; graduate students should also check the second box if they plan to attend the breakfast meeting with the keynote speaker, click save when done.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact chs-research@uwm.edu.