June 18, 2019 - VMAC Guest Lecturer, Dr. Robert Beelman

March 29, 2019
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The Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center would like to announce our June lecturer in our VMAC Guest Lecture Series, Dr. Robert Beelman. Dr. Beelman is a Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Director at the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Beelman's presentation will be on "Can Micronutrients in Mushrooms Mitigate Chronic Neurodegenerative Diseases?"

May 21, 2019 - AD Research Day Keynote Speaker, Dr. Roxana Carare

March 28, 2019
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The Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center is pleased to announce Dr. Roxana Carare's talk on “Failure in the clearance of proteins from the brain: New therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases” on May 21, 2019. The talk will be held at MRB-III 1220 from 4pm-5pm.  

Vanderbilt Reporter feature on Dr. Angela Jefferson's research linking perivascular spaces & worse cognition

March 27, 2019

Enlarged perivascular spaces, which are commonly seen on brain MRIs in older adults, have important associations with worse cognitive performance, particularly information processing speed and executive function, according to a new study that challenges historical consideration that perivascular spaces are a harmless imaging marker.

Vanderbilt Reporter feature on Dr. Angela Jefferson's research linking aortic stiffness with lower cerebral blood flow

November 28, 2018

Greater aortic stiffness is related to lower cerebral blood flow, especially among individuals with an increased genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease, according to research from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The study, published recently in Circulation, supports emerging evidence that arterial stiffness, a hypertension-related factor, may play a role in cognitive decline, said Angela Jefferson, PhD, professor of Neurology and director of the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center.

Study provides robust evidence of sex differences with Alzheimer's gene

May 8, 2018

The APOE gene, the strongest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, may play a more prominent role in disease development among women than men, according to new research from the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center.   The research confirmed recent studies that carrying the APOE ε4 allele has a greater association with Alzheimer’s disease among women compared to men, and went one step further by evaluating its association with amyloid and tau levels.   The study published May 7 in JAMA Neurology adds to mounting evidence that the h

Vanderbilt Reporter feature on Dr. Angela Jefferson's research linking heart function to brain’s memory center

November 9, 2017

Research by a team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) scientists suggests that older people whose hearts pump less blood have blood flow reductions in the temporal lobe regions of the brain, where Alzheimer’s pathology first begins.   The brain, which accounts for only 2 percent of total body weight, typically receives 12 percent of blood flow from the heart — a level maintained by complex,   Angela Jefferson, Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center, and colleagues investigated whether lower cardiac index