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Lifestyle Choices for Healthy Aging

How to reduce the risk of dementia and other aging-related diseases

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Claudine Gauthier and Natalie Phillips




University Advancement


Nida Siddiqui


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
J.A. De Sève Cinema

Room LB 125




Join Concordia professors Natalie Phillips, Department of Psychology, and Claudine Gauthier, Department of Physics, as they share their research on how certain lifestyle choices can minimize the risk for dementia and other aging-related diseases.

The evening will be moderated by Gillian Leithman, BA 00, MSc 05, PhD 16, adjunct faculty member, John Molson Executive MBA and Goodman Institute of Investment Management.

This event is presented in partnership between This is Concordia. Now. Lecture Series, Thinking Out Loud and the Office of the Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies Health Initiative.

A cocktail reception will follow the speaking portion of the event.


Claudine Gauthier, assistant professor, Department of Physics

Gauthier completed her Ph.D. investigating cerebral physiology in healthy aging using quantitative fMRI under the supervision of Richard Hoge at the University of Montreal. After her Ph.D.,Gauthier completed a postdoctoral position in Neurophysics and Neurology at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, under the supervision of Drs. Robert Turner and Arno Villringer.

Gauthier joined Concordia as an assistant professor in 2014. She is an associate professor and holds the Henry J.M. Barnett New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. She is also a researcher at the Montreal Heart Institute, where she holds the Michal and Renata Hornstein Chair in Cardiovascular Imaging. Her work is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Funds for Innovation and the Québec Bio-Imaging Network.


Natalie Phillips, professor, Department of Psychology

Phillips is a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development and the Centre for Research on Brain, Language, and Music. She joined Concordia as a faculty member in 1996. She is the director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at Concordia and teaches in the area of human and clinical neuropsychology.

She leads two nationally-funded research laboratories where she examines the neuropsychology of healthy aging and Alzheimer's Disease.

She is one of the principal developers of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a brief cognitive screening instrument used around the world for the assessment of mild cognitive impairment.

She is a neuropsychologists for the COMPASS-ND study in the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging and the founding leader of CCNA Team 17, which examines issues of sensory decline on cognitive function in persons with dementia.


Gillian Leithman, BA 00, MSc 05, PhD 16, adjunct faculty member, John Molson Executive MBA and Goodman Institute of Investment Management

Leithman is a corporate trainer specializing in health/wellness seminars and workshops. She is also adjunct faculty member for the John Molson Executive MBA and Goodman Institute of Investment Management.

Much of her work focuses on soft skills training to help students and employees develop better interpersonal communication — skills that can transfer to one’s personal life as well.

She has facilitated programs for some of Canada's premiere businesses such as Bell Canada, Air Canada, Business Development Canada, Telus, Novartis and the RCMP.

Her research interests include the aging workforce, retirement, knowledge sharing and intergenerational knowledge transfer.

To learn more, vist her website

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