Presenters and ACTRI Center for Life Course leaders at the ACTRI Cognitive Resilience in Aging Symposium included (from left): Michelle Carlson, PhD; William Kremen, PhD; María M. Corrada, ScM, ScD; Carol Franz, PhD; Amy Borenstein, PhD, MPH; James Mortimer, PhD; Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH; Linda McEvoy, PhD; Gretchen Bandoli, PhD; Kristine Walhovd, PhD; and Andrea LaCroix, PhD.
November 2, 2017
The ACTRI Cognitive Resilience in Aging Symposium, which drew about 100 participants on November 1, featured an international panel of nine presenters who discussed topics ranging from cognitive function in aging, lifespan changes in the brain, prevention of dementia and early life influences of cognitive function in aging. The all-day event took place at the ACTRI Building Auditorium. The symposium was hosted and organized by the ACTRI Center for Life Course Research.
“Where we end up in life depends on where we begin and what we do along the way,” said Linda McEvoy, PhD, in her introductory remarks. McEvoy is an associate director of the ACTRI Center for Life Course Research and led the symposium. “This symposium explores the factors that contribute to cognitive and brain health in aging, and the methodologies for studying brain health in aging from a life course perspective.”
Gary S. Firestein, MD, director of UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, welcomed the symposium participants and noted the success of the Center that was created in 2015 to investigate the long-term effects of social, behavioral and biologic determinants of disease across the life span or across generations. He also thanked Dr. Christina Chambers for her outstanding leadership in this emerging area of research, as well as the associate directors of the Center. “The Center has developed a life course pilot project category and supported a post-doctoral researcher in life course research, hosted three additional life course research symposia, and developed an online Cohorts listing for investigators.”
List of Speakers and Talks from Symposium
Introduction: Routes to Maintaining Cognitive Function in Aging
Linda McEvoy, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor
Department of Radiology
University of California San Diego