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2018 Conference Highlights


The NDNG contributed to an exciting program for the annual conference. Unique expertise related to Parkinson’s, MS, AD, ALS, HD, cognition, physical activity, arts and sciences were offered to attendees.



The 2018 Neurodegenerative Diseases Lecture Luncheon was held on 1 October and featured Dr. Kirk I. Erickson and his talk titled, Fit Body, Fit Brain: Exercise is the Key. Dr. Erickson is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. His lecture focused on how to increase the health of our brains with activity but also how we can improve the brain healthspan of our patients.


Dr. Erickson (FRONT ROW 2ND FROM LEFT) is internationally recognized for his meritorious research on the interplay between cognition, exercise and human neuroplasticity.


In late 2016, Dr. Erickson was awarded a $21.8 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to study exercise and brain health in 639 cognitively normal adults age 65 to 80 years. Investigating Gains in Neurocognition in an Intervention Trial of Exercise (IGNITE) is being conducted in collaboration with Northeastern University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Illinois.


ACRM Neurodegenerative Diseases Lecture Luncheon featuring Kirk Erickson

Past NDNG Lecture Luncheons

2018: Kirk I. Erickson, PhD
Fit Body, Fit Brain: Exercise is the Key

2017: Dr. Erwin van Wegen
Patients as Partners in Research and Community Health Care



On 1 October, members of the NDNG organized in a Chat with the Experts panel that engaged attendees on neurodegenerative and neuroplasticity topics: Maximizing Brain Health: Cognitive Approaches for the Aging Brain. The panel included:

  • Kirk Erickson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth™, Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas.

NDNG Poster Awards


The NDNG annually recognizes outstanding scientific posters presented at the ACRM Annual Conference. In 2018, the NDNG Awards Task Force recognized two NDNG Poster Award recipients and honored one diversity recipient. Read More >>

See 2017 NDNG Poster Award recipients >>