Conference Program

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration Open

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Opening Remarks

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Session #1 : New Frontiers of Biomarker Research in Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia: Toward Early Detection and Precision Health Application
Session Chair: Roger Dixon, University of Alberta

Speakers in this session will discuss promising new approaches and results pertaining to discovery, validation, and precision application of biomarkers reflecting mechanisms associated with differential trajectories leading to a range of brain and cognitive aging outcomes, including dementia. Key terms include risk and protection factors, multimodal, interactive networks, longitudinal, computational approaches, precision health, and translation.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease Pathogenesis: from Mechanisms to Medicines
Madhav Thambisetty, National Institutes of Health

Presentation 2
Yasser Iturria-Medina and Alan Evans, McGill University

Presentation 3
G Peggy McFall, University of Alberta

Refreshment Break

Population perspectives on the complexity of brain ageing and dementia within changing societies - View Abstract
Carol Brayne, University of Cambridge

Abstract Presenter

Abstract Presenter

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4:00pm

4:15pm

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Poster Session #1

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Keynote Address #1

7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Post-Keynote Reception

Thursday, June 21, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session #2  - Disconnecting the Dots: Neurodegeneration as a Connect-opathy
Session Chair - Eric Smith, University of Calgary, and Mario Masellis, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Traditionally, research on neurodegeneration has focused on either atrophy of the whole brain or on atrophy of specific sub-regions such as the hippocampus. More recently, newer methods have enabled research on the inter-connectedness of neurodegenerative changes in multiple brain regions. Neurodegeneration often spreads within brain regions connected by white matter tracts. This session will feature talks on cutting-edge neuroimaging methods, such as diffusion tensor imaging and graph theory, to measure interconnected neurodegenerative changes in aging and in disease.

Presentation 1
Brad Dickerson, Harvard Medical School

Disrupted functional and anatomical connectivity and other markers of cognitive decline in PD - View Abstract
Oury Monchi, University of Calgary       

Structural brain network disturbances and cognition in patients with cerebral amyloid angiopathy - View Abstract
Yael Reijmer, University Medical Centre Utrecht

Refreshment Break

Presentation 4
Stephen Strother, University of Toronto

Abstract Presenter

Abstract Prsenter

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Session #3 - Cutting-edge Rodent Models and the Path to Diagnostics/ Therapeutics
Session Chair - Robert Sutherland, University of Lethbridge, and David Westaway, University of Alberta

This session, participants will be able to describe approaches to animal modeling of dementia, chemical markers of neuronal damage, perturbed neuroanatomical pathways that may presage the advent of mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease and, lastly, new insights and therapeutic approaches suggested by applying templated protein misfolding and spreading principles first elucidated for prion diseases.

Presentation 1
Speaker TBC

Hunting for clues of tau-spreading in the human brain - View Abstract
Gabor Kovacs, Medical University of Vienna

Presentation 3
Karen Ashe, University of Minnesota

Refreshment Break

Strains of Protein Aggregates in Neurodegenerative Diseases - View Abstract
Joel Watts, University of Toronto

Abstract Presenter

Abstract Presenter

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3:30 pm

3:45 pm  

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Reception and Poster Session #2  

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Keynote Address #2

6:30 PM -
Free Evening

Friday, June 22, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session #4 - Exercise and Cognitive Interventions for Healthy Brain Aging and Prevention of Dementia
Session Chair - Marc Poulin, University of Calgary

This session will address the important role of lifestyle interventions such physical activity and cognitive stimulation for brain health with aging and the potential impact of these interventions for the prevention and/or delay of Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRD). The speakers in this session will discuss some of the latest findings in the field, including clinical and translational physiology studies, the application of recent developments (i.e., neuroimaging, biomarkers, modeling in human and animal research) to help advance our knowledge of the role of physical activity and cognitive interventions for healthy brain aging and for the prevention of dementia.

Healthy Brain Aging: Effects of Exercise - View Abstract
Kirk Erickson, University of Pittsburgh

Engaging the brain of older adults: The effects of cognitive training on cognition and the brain in healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment  - View Abstract
Sylvie Belleville, Institut Universitaire de Geriatrie de Montreal

Aging, vascular function, and implications for the brain
Jill Barnes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Refreshment Break

Reshaping the Path of Mild Cognitive Impairment with Exercise - View Abstract
Teresa Liu-Ambrose, University of British Columbia

Abstract Presenter

Abstract Presenter

 

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Session #5 - Applied Research in Dementia
Session Chair - Jayna  Holroyd-Leduc, University of Calgary

This session will focus on knowledge translation and implementation research initiatives targeted at improving the outcomes for persons living with dementia and their family caregivers.

Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) Initiatives in Health Care Delivery - View Abstract
Julie Kosteniuk, University of Saskatchewan

Presentation 2
France Legaré , Universite Laval

Making Advance Care Planning Easier
Rebecca Sudore, University of California, San Francisco

Refreshment Break

Managing Depression in Dementia
Zahra Goodarzi, University of Calgary

Abstract Presenter

Abstract Presenter

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3:30 pm

3:45 pm

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Poster Awards & Closing Remarks