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Scientific Sessions

At AAIC, the top researchers, practitioners, care providers and students gather to share their latest findings from the field. To view a full list of AAIC 2016 scientific sessions (abstracts excluded), visit the Interactive Program Guide* today:


AAIC 2016 Interactive Program Guide


>AAIC Invited Program


Below, you’ll find a list of Invited Plenary and Symposia sessions featured during AAIC 2016.

Plenary Sessions Symposium Sessions
Sunday, July 24 Sunday, July 24
Monday, July 25 Monday, July 25
Tuesday, July 26 Tuesday, July 26
Wednesday, July 27 Wednesday, July 27
Thursday, July 28 Thursday, July 28


> Plenary Sessions


Sunday, July 24

10:30 - 11 a.m.

Association Welcome

Session: PL-01-01

11 - 11:30 a.m.

Preclinical to Clinical Translation for Tau Therapeutics

David Holtzman
Washington University in St. Louis,
St. Louis, Mo., United States
Session: PL-01-02

Monday, July 25

10:30 - 11 a.m.

Exercise and Memory Decline

Laura Baker
Wake Forest School of Medicine,
Winston Salem, N.C., United States
Session: PL-02-01

11 - 11:30 a.m.

Role of Peripheral Inflammation in Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease

Gabriela Constantin
University of Verona, Verona, Italy
Session: PL-02-02

Tuesday, July 26

10:30 - 11 a.m.

Inge Grundke-Iqbal Lecture for Alzheimer’s Research

Exosomes and Microglia in Tau Propagation

Tsuneya Ikezu
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Mass., United States
Session: PL-03-01

11 - 11:30 a.m.

A Moving Target? Dementia in Changing Older Populations

Carol Brayne
University of Cambridge,
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Session: PL-03-02

Wednesday, July 27

10:30 - 11 a.m.

The Science Behind Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Relationship to Dementia

Cheryl Wellington
University of British Columbia Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Session: PL-04-01

11 - 11:30 a.m.

Genomic Analysis of Neurodegeneration Gives Clues to Pathways to Selective Cell Loss: The Hypothesis of the Catastrophic Cliff of Neuron Failure

John Hardy
University College London Institute of Neurology,
London, United Kingdom
Session: PL-04-02

Thursday, July 28

10:30 - 11 a.m.

The Challenges Ahead for PET Imaging of Progressive Proteinopathies

Victor Villemagne
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health,
Parkville, Australia
Session: PL-05-01

11 - 11:30 a.m.

Nexus of Alzheimer's and Cancer

Jane Ann Driver
Brigham and Women's Hospital,
Boston Mass., United States;
Harvard Medical School,
Boston, Mass., United States
Session: PL-05-02


> Symposium Sessions


Sunday, July 24: 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Gender and Alzheimer’s Disease
Theme: Diagnosis and Prognosis
Session S1-01



Gender and the Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease

M. Ilyas Kamboh
University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, Pa.,
United States

Differences Between Men and Women in the Risk of Dementia

Michelle Mielke
Mayo Clinic, Rochester,
Minn., United States

Sex-Specific Drivers of Alzheimer’s Disease Risk and Resilience

Timothy Hohman
Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tenn. United States

Sex Differences in the Brain and Implications for Alzheimer’s Disease

Gillian Einstein
University of Toronto,
Toronto, ON, Canada


Monday, July 25: 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Computerized Cognitive Training: What Works, With Whom and How?
Theme: Public Health & Psychosocial
Session: S2-01



Evidence-Based Computerized Cognitive Training: What, How, When & Where

Michael Valenzuela
University of Sydney,
South Wales, Australia

The ACTIVE Study: What We Have Learned and What is Next?

Jerri Edwards
University of South Florida,
Tampa, Fla., United States

Functional Neuroimaging in Trials of Cognition Focused Interventions

Sylvie Belleville
Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal,
Montreal, QC, Canada

Unpacking Active Ingredients in Complex Cognition-focused Interventions for Older Adults at Risk of Dementia: Are Existing Classifications Still Relevant?

Alex Bahar-Fuchs
The Australian National University,
Canberra, Australia


Monday, July 25: 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Ethnic, Racial and Cultural Diversity In Dementia: Current Evidence And Projections For The Future
Theme: Public Health & Psychosocial
Session: S2-02



Brain Aging and Pathology in Older African Americans

Lisa Barnes
Rush University Medical Center,
Chicago, Ill., United States

Indigenous Australians: Lifespan, Health, Ageing and Dementia

G A (Tony) Broe
The University of New South Wales,
Sydney, Australia

To be determined.

To be determined.

Role of Cerebrovascular Disease and Vascular Pathology on Racial Ethnic Differences in Rates of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Raj Kalaria
Newcastle University,
Newcastle, United Kingdom


Tuesday, July 26: 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Topic: What is Added Value of Biomarkers in Epidemiological Studies?
Theme: Public Health & Psychosocial
Session: S3-01



Gene Expression, Pathology and Genetic Epidemiology in Large Population-based Studies

Anita DeStefano
Boston University,
Boston, Mass., United States

Added Value of the Combined Biobank/MRI Data in the Italian Project on the Epidemiology of Alzheimer's Disease: (IPREA) Cohort

Emanuele Scafato
Istituto Superiore di Sanità,
Rome, Italy

Predicted Value of Biomarker/MRI Results in the Three City Study

Stephanie Debette University of Bordeaux,
Bordeaux, France

Prevalence of MRI Abnormalities in the Framingham Study

Charles DeCarli
University of California, Davis,
Davis, Calif., United States


Tuesday, July 26: 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Cellular and Systems Modelling of Aging and Disease
Theme: Basic and Translational Science
Session: S3-02



To be determined.

To be determined.

Lessons from the Midbrain

Lorenz Studer
Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,
New York, N.Y., 
United States

Efficient Introduction of Disease-Related Mutations into Human iPSCs Using Crispr/Cas9 to Model Alzheimer’s Disease

Dylan Kwart
The Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y.,
United States

Modelling Microglia with Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Sally Cowley
Oxford Stem Cell Institute,
Oxford, United Kingdom


Wednesday, July 27: 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Critical Issues in Amyloid-based Biomarkers
Theme: Diagnosis and Prognosis
Session: S4-01



Cross Sectional Studies of Plasma Proteomic Biomarkers Relating to PET Amyloid and CSF Amyloid and Tau

Alison Baird
University of Oxford,
Oxford, United Kingdom

Progress in Standardization and Implementation of CSF Biomarkers in Clinical Trials and Routine Practice

Leslie Shaw
University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, Pa.,
United States

Correlation of Plasma Proteomic Biomarkers with Cerebral Amyloid in the AIBL Longitudinal Study of Aging

Ralph Martins
Sir James McCusker Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit (Hollywood Private Hospital),
Perth, Australia

CSF AD Biomarkers and Amyloid PET Imaging Give Us Similar Information in Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease

Oskar Hansson
Lund University,
Lund, Sweden


Wednesday, July 27: 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Advances in Genetic Studies
Theme: Basic and Translational Science
Session: S4-02



Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project: Case-Control Analyses

Adam Naj
University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, Pa.,
United States

Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project: Family-Based Analyses

Ellen Wijsman
University of Washington,
Seattle, Wash.,
United States

Accelerating Medicines Partnership: Co-Expression Networks

Bin Zhang
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States

Accelerating Medicines Partnership: Identifying Therapeutic Targets for Alzheimer’s Disease with Comparative Transcriptomics

Nilufer Ertekin-Taner
Mayo Clinic,
Jacksonville, Fla.,
United States


Thursday, July 28: 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Topic: Novel Therapeutic Approaches to Neurodegenerative Diseases
Theme: Therapeutics
Session S5-01



Macroautophagy Therapeutic Strategies for Neurodegenerative Conditions

Fiona Menzies
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Targeting of Chaperone Activity for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Chad Dickey
University of South Florida,
Tampa, Fla., United States

Therapeutic Opportunities for the Modulation of Myeloid Cells for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Frank Heppner
Charité - Universitätsmedizin
Berlin, Berlin, Germany

TREM2 Biology: Potential Therapeutic Targeting of Microglia for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

Marco Colonna
Washington University in St. Louis,
St. Louis, Mo., United States


*Note: An online itinerary planner and a companion mobile app will be available to registered attendees approximately one month prior to the conference. Non-embargoed abstracts and scheduling functionality will be included on these versions. Registrants will receive a notification email when the online planner and mobile app are available.



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