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The Aging Brain, and the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Over the past several decades, new tools have been developed for understanding brain function, structure and chemistry. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has enabled us to understand how the brain forms memories, explaining a complex neural system that works together to encode experiences so that they can be later remembered. This system can experience dysfunction as we age. Some of this dysfunction appears to occur normally as part of the aging process and some may reflect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the deposition of 2 proteins in the brain: beta-amyloid and tau. We can now detect these proteins during life using PET scanning. This talk will review our state of knowledge about memory function, how it becomes disrupted with aging, and how memory is affected by the beta-amyloid and tau proteins. These imaging studies open the door to the potential for early and effective treatments of Alzheimer’s disease

Speaker: William Jagust

Friday, 11/03/17


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$26 General, $23 Members, $30 at door

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10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

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