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Webinars for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Researchers

Join the Alzheimer’s Association for a series of webinars that discuss how dementia and Alzheimer's research can move science forward despite the barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars share the latest advances in neuroscience, as well as strategies for career development and researcher education.

 

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Design and Data Analytics PIA: Bayesian Multi-Timescale Modeling for Disentangling Cognitive Decline and Learning Effects in Repeated Mobile Cognitive Assessments

Recorded on Feb. 22, 2021
In the preclinical phase of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, early detection of subtle cognitive decline over time is crucial for facilitating the development of interventions. This endeavor, however, is complicated by the fact that multiple, multi-timescale factors influence changes in cognitive performance measures over time, and careful statistical modeling is required. With the double exponential learning model, we can account for learning effects and stochastic fluctuations in longitudinal studies with high-frequency assessments (i.e., measurement burst studies).

This webinar will demonstrate how a Bayesian multilevel implementation of the double exponential model allows for the inclusion of person-level predictors on learning model parameters and draw intuitive inferences on cognitive change with Bayesian posterior probabilities. Zita Oravecz will use mobile cognitive task performance data to show how individual differences in peak performance and change therein can be related to predictors such as age and MCI status.

Speaker:
Zita Oravecz

 

Nutrition, Metabolism and Dementia PIA: Creatine Treatment — Promising Approach or Dead End

Recorded on Feb. 16, 2021
Creatine, a dietary supplement, has been tested with increasing interest the last 10 years in both animal models and clinical trials. Studies have shown it provides improvements in muscle strength. Some investigators have also proposed it may supply cognitive benefit in those at risk for dementia and help with mental fatigue, sleep deprivation, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and working memory. Moreover, clinical trials have tested creatine in Huntington's disease (HD), Parkinson's disease (PD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), to name a few. Overall, past results in HD, PD, and ALS have been mixed and many important questions remain.

Given this more research is needed to evaluate creatine's effects specifically on cognition, males vs. females, and if it can lower the risk for MCI in dementia. Interestingly, recent clinical trial data in diabetes patients and data from our transgenic Alzheimer's disease (AD) models suggest creatine improves mitochondrial function, learning, memory and reverses pathology, but in a sex-specific manner.

Speaker:
Benedict C. Albensi

 

Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease PIA: Neuroinflammation in Down Syndrome — Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

Recorded on Feb. 10, 2021
This webinar will discuss current research findings on cerebral cytokine expression and microglial phenotypes across the Alzheimer's continuum in individuals with Down syndrome.

Speakers:
Lisi Flores Aguilar and Alessandra Martin

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  3. ISTAART Career Center: Browse job postings and apply for positions in the field.
  4. Alzheimer’s Association Science Hub app: Get the latest news about AD research and resources, including grants, journals and other important information.
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