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33rd Annual Arthur Benton Lecture / "Investigations of Preclinical Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease" / Stephen Rao, PhD

  • 8 Jan 2018
  • (MST)

The Annual Arthur L. Benton Lecture

Joint Meeting, Psychology Section NY Academy of Sciences

Monday, January 8, 2018

7:00 pm (Registration begins at 6:30pm)

Investigations of the Preclinical Stage of

Alzheimer’s Disease  

Stephen Rao Ph.D.

                                                             Ralph and Luci  Schey Endowed Chair

 Director, Schey Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging

Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Neurological Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio


Neuropathological changes associated with late onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are thought to develop at least a decade prior to symptom onset.  Successful interventions designed to alter these early neuropathological changes during the preclinical stage can increase the probability of delaying or preventing the onset of AD.  This presentation will discuss three topics based on a series of studies conducted on healthy elders at risk for developing AD.  The first topic will report the results of a 5-year longitudinal functional and structural neuroimaging and neuropsychological study comparing cognitively intact elders with and without the APOE e4 allele.   The second topic will highlight a series of studies examining the interaction between physical activity levels and MRI/neuropsychological changes as a function of APOE e4 status.  This discussion will also describe a newly funded NIA translational grant (humans and mice subprojects) that will examine the role of immunological factors that mediate AD neuroprotection with exercise (IMMUNE-AD project).  Finally, the third topic will discuss the utility of a battery of self-administered, iPad-based, computerized cognitive tests for use in mass screening of healthy elders in the primary care clinical setting.  This approach is based on longitudinal neuropsychological studies that document a long period of gradual cognitive decline in episodic memory as well as non-memory domains during the preclinical stage of AD.

Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH)

Northwell Hospital, Corwin Hall

210 East 64TH Street, NYC New York, NY 10065

Free for NYNG members, $20 for others/Register Online at WWW.NYNG.ORG

CE credit available online and at registration

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