Among the six speakers is Yaakov Stern, Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at the Taub Institute for the Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain, at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Stern’s research focuses largely on the idea of cognitive reserve. This hypothesis suggests that the individual differences in one’s cognitive function relate to how people cope with both normal aging and dementia-related brain changes. The bigger one’s reserve, the better they can cope with such brain changes.
So what can we do to increase our cognitive reserve? Stern argues that staying active both mentally, physically and socially is the key. “It has been shown through research that lifestyle factors such as higher education, occupation, leisure activities and IQ all help to reduce the risks of developing dementia.”
At the PERFORM Research Conference, Stern will review epidemiologic evidence for brain and cognitive reserve as well as his brain imaging approaches.
What you need to know
Winners of the Ed Whitlock Award and the PERFORM doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship will be announced at the PERFORM Centre Research Conference.
Scientific poster presentations during the conference will give researchers an opportunity to share their work in the area of preventive health. First- and second-place awards will be given to the top student poster presentations under each conference theme: Nutrition, Sleep, and Activity.
Researchers and academics from various disciplines and institutions are invited to attend this multidisciplinary event starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (7141 Sherbrooke St. W.) on the Loyola Campus.