ACTRI Life Course Symposium Explores Cognitive Resilience in Aging

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

Prevention of Dementia Across the Life Span

Amy Borenstein, PhD, MPH 
Professor Emeritus
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
College of Public Health
University of South Florida

A Life Course Perspective on Activity and Neurocognitive Health: Results from The Baltimore Experience Corps

Michelle Carlson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Mental Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

90+ Study: Neuropathological Findings in the Oldest Old and Relation to Earlier Life Predictors

María M. Corrada, ScM, ScD
Professor
Departments of Neurology and Epidemiology
Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders
University of California, Irvine

Earlier Life Influences on Cognitive Function in Aging: Findings for the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging

Carol Franz, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of California San Diego

Thinking About Reserve from a Genetic and Lifespan Perspective

William Kremen, PhD
Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of California San Diego

IOM Recommendations to Promote Cognitively Healthy Aging

Andrea LaCroix, PhD
Professor & Chief of Epidemiology
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California San Diego

Introduction: Routes to Maintaining Cognitive Function in Aging

Linda McEvoy, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor
Department of Radiology
University of California San Diego

Evidence That Alzheimer’s is a Life-Long Disease: The Role of Reserve in Preserving Cognition

James Mortimer, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
College of Public Health
University of South Florida

Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition: Neurodevelopmental Origins and Plasticity

Kristine Walhovd, PhD
Professor
Research Group for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition
Department of Psychology
University of Oslo, Norway