2. What is Neurodegenerative Disease? (part 2)
From Robbie Bushe
What is Neurodegenerative Disease? Part 2
In our second lecture, Prof. Tara Spires-Jones, Prof Karen Ritchie and Prof Adam Waldman will discuss the biology of neurodegenerative disease and dementia, it's markers and diagnosis and how cognitive features, such as memory, reasoning and problem-solving may present across the disease spectrum.Prof Tara Spires-Jones
Prof Tara Spires-Jones runs a research group studying brain changes in ageing and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. Her laboratory studies the connections between neurons, which in healthy brain allow learning and memory. The goal of the group is to understand the mechanisms of these connections' degeneration in order to develop treatments that will promote recovery of brain function.Prof Karen Ritchie
Prof Karen Ritchie is a visiting professor in Edinburgh and directs a research centre in Neuropsychiatry within the French National Institute of Medical Research (INSERM) in Montpellier. Her research as an epidemiologist has focused on the development of models of dementia from population and clinical research in order to identify potential windows for intervention.Prof Adam Waldman
Chair of Neuroradiology, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Edinburgh Imaging.
The Dementia Prevention Open Lecture Series
The University of Edinburgh's Centre for Open Learning and Centre for Dementia Prevention present a series of lectures to improve understanding of dementia and improve the lives of those living with or care for those with dementia.
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