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.
NDNG LECTURE LUNCHEON
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.
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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.
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
CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS
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.