Neuroplasticity, Memory, and Aging

The AAGP Research Committee Presents
The Eighth Annual NEUROSCIENCE TEACHING DAY


Friday, March 27, 2015
8:30 AM–12:30 PM
Continental Breakfast Beginning at 8:00 AM

Registration

AAGP Members    $165
Non-members       $240

Neuroscience Teaching Day is a specially ticketed event held in conjunction with the AAGP 2015 Annual Meeting. To register, go to AAGP Meeting Registration.


Program Objectives

  • To review the basic mechanisms of neuroplasticity and examine to what extent these mechanisms are preserved during adult aging
  • To provide an update on normal cognitive aging in humans, and review approaches to enhancing new learning using lessons from neuroplasticity science
  • To identify how aberrant plasticity can contribute to cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders affecting the elderly, such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia

Description

Recent advances in basic neuroscience have revolutionized our understanding of the neural substrates of learning and memory, and how they are shaped by the environment. Among these advances has been new evidence that some forms of neuroplasticity - the ability of the brain to generate, strengthen, and select synaptic connections in response to experience - are not limited to early development but persist into adulthood. In this 8th Annual AAGP Neuroscience Teaching Day, three distinguished experts in basic, clinical, and translational neuroscience will discuss these advances, and how they impact normal and pathologic cognitive aging.  Geriatric psychiatrists and other mental health professionals will gain essential information regarding the underlying neurobiology of neuroplasticity, how this relates to changes in normal cognition during healthy aging, and how aberrant plasticity can contribute to cognitive dysfunction in neuropsychiatric illness affecting the elderly. The critical knowledge obtained will help them in evaluating the utility of “plasticity-based” treatment paradigms for their aging patients.


Program Chair
Robert A. Sweet, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Director, Clinical Core, Alzheimer Disease Research Center
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Faculty:

Denise C. Park, PhD
Distinguished University Chair of Behavioral and Brain Sciences   
University of Texas Regents Research Scholar
Director of Research, The Center for Vital Longevity
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, TX

Robert A. Sweet, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Director, Clinical Core, Alzheimer Disease Research Center
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Zak Wills, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA


ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT INFORMATION

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.