Neuroscience Teaching Day

The AAGP Research Committee Presents

The Ninth Annual Neuroscience Teaching Day:

March 17, 2016 
8:30 AM–12:30 PM 

Program Objectives

  • Participants will learn about translational mechanisms of caloric restriction, intermittent fasting, and physical exercise in late-life neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Participants will understand aging-related brain changes and modifiable factors (e.g., genetic factors, vascular risk factors, sleep duration and quality, hormones, inflammation, and personality characteristics) that can play a role in the prevention of accelerated brain aging.
  • Participants will understand the role of physical exercise and fitness for brain health and for cognitive function
  • Participants will learn about the neuroprotective and neurorestorative effects of lifestyle interventions for brain and cognitive aging.

Program Chair

Helen Lavretsky, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 


Susan Resnick, PhD
Bethesda, MD    

Kirk Erickson, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA

Mark Paul Mattson, PhD
Bethesda, MD


Previous research has found that healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as regular physical exercise and a nutritious diet or a caloric restriction, are associated with a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This Neuroscience Teaching Day will be devoted to the translational neuroscience of lifestyle interventions -- from the animal models to human studies of exercise and dietary interventions including caloric restriction, as well as hormonal influences and hormonal replacement strategies for healthy cognitive and brain aging. The panel of distinguished investigators will present three talks on the topics: 1) Dr. Mark Mattson (NIH/NIA) on the energetic challenges for the brain through dietary (intermittent fasting) and exercise interventions; 2) Dr. Kirk Erickson (University of Pittsburgh) on exercise and brain plasticity; and 3) Dr. Susan Resnick (NIH/NIA) will present the recent evidence from several longitudinal studies of lifestyle interventions that can decrease the risk of cerebrovascular disease and maintain physical health with positive impact on brain health. The session will conclude with a panel discussion with workshop participants.

Workshop Fees 

Early registration fee - on or before January 22, 2016:
AAGP Members - $165
Nonmembers     - $185

After January 22, 2016:  
AAGP Members - $245
Nonmembers     - $275

Neuroscience Teaching Day is a specially ticketed event held in conjunction with the AAGP 2016 Annual Meeting. To register, go to 2016 Annual Meeting Registration.

Accreditation and Credit Information

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

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) 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.