Cancelled: April 26, 2016 - VMAC Guest Lecturer, Dr. Denise Park

March 3, 2016
Posted in

The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center would like to announce our February lecturer in our VMAC Guest Lecture Series, Dr. Denise Park, Director of Research of the Center for Vital Longevity, Regents' Research Scholar and professor of behavioral and brain sciences, and Distinguished University Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

March 22, 2016 - VMAC Guest Lecturer, Dr. Catherine Kaczorowski

March 2, 2016
Posted in

The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center would like to announce our March lecturer in our VMAC Guest Lecture Series, Dr. Catherine Kaczorowski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Neuroscience Institute of the UT Health Science Center. Dr. Kaczorowski if researching how to identify early causative events that underlie cognitive deficits associated with 'normal' aging and Alzheimer's disease, with the ultimate goal to transform basic discoveries into treatments that prevent and cure dementias in aging.

2016 INS Conference in Boston, MA

February 16, 2016
Posted in

Members of our Memory & Aging Project (MAP) team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to join national and international experts studying neuroscience and brain health at the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Conference. We are proud to announce that our team delivered 8 research presentations at this 4-day conference.

January 26, 2016 - VMAC Guest Lecturer, Dr. Donna Wilcock

January 5, 2016
Posted in

The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center would like to announce our January lecturer in our VMAC Guest Lecture Series, Dr. Donna Wilcock, Sweeny-Nelms Professor of Alzheimer's Disease Research at the University of Kentucky. The Wilcock lab is interested in vascular cognitive impairment and dementia; the second most common cause of dementia behind Alzheimer's disease.

JAMA feature highlights Dr. Timothy Hohman’s research on resilience

December 15, 2015
Posted in

Pathology is not destiny. So say the more than 1200 brains autopsied so far as part of the Rush Memory and Aging Project and the Religious Orders Study, a pair of massive prospective studies that have tracked the cognitive status of nearly 3000 elders for about 2 decades (Bennett DA et al. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012;9[6]:646-663, and Bennett DA et al. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2012;9[6]:628-645).

Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer's Center Guest Lecture Series

November 10, 2015
Posted in

From September through May, the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center (VMAC) hosts a monthly guest lecture series, where national and international experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are invited to present to the Vanderbilt community.

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Bell and Dr. Katherine Gifford on their Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards

September 10, 2015
Posted in

Two faculty members of the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center are among a handful of 2015 scholars for the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program. Clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor of Neurology Katherine Gifford, Psy.D., and geriatric cardiologist and assistant professor of Medicine Susan Bell, MBBS, MSCI, have received the awards and will learn who the other scholars are in October.

Dr. Angela Jefferson comments on how community based training and service learning benefits medical students and the community

June 1, 2015
Posted in

The opportunity to help people in their communities was a compelling factor in the decision of John Nixon, MD, to enroll at Rush Medical College. During his first year of medical school, he was one of the student volunteers who drove more than two dozen outreach efforts in the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP).

Vanderbilt Reporter feature on Dr. Angela Jefferson's research on poor heart function and Alzheimer’s disease risk

March 3, 2015
Posted in

A healthier heart could prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The study, published online Feb. 19 in Circulation, associates heart function with the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Participants with decreased heart function, measured by cardiac index, were two to three times more likely to develop significant memory loss over the follow-up period.

Vanderbilt Reporter feature on Dr. Timothy Hohman's research on the genetics behind Alzheimer’s resiliency

April 10, 2014
Posted in

Autopsies have revealed that some individuals develop the cellular changes indicative of Alzheimer’s disease without ever showing clinical symptoms in their lifetime. Vanderbilt University Medical Center memory researchers have discovered a potential genetic variant in these asymptomatic individuals that may make brains more resilient against Alzheimer’s.