Alzheimer’s and dementia are complex interactions of age and gender, genetics and epigenetics, environment and lifestyle. Today, large datasets and big-data analysis are crucial to advancing research and treatment. This lecture explores Montreal’s and McGill’s leadership in Alzheimer’s and dementia research.
Using both mouse and human studies, Dr. Szulc will illustrate how MRI can provide novel insights into the way the brain develops and how these developmental trajectories can be altered by genetics, injury and treatment.
The emotional and physical environment in which we raise our children matters and early childhood experiences can impact the risk of developing a mental illness across our lifespan, from attention deficit disorders (ADD) to depression to Alzheimer’s.
Imaging technologies (MRI, PET, etc.) have revolutionized our ability to understand the brain, providing clearer structural and functional imaging. Dr Alan Evans and a panel of experts discuss the past, present and future of brain imaging as a research tool.
Dr Michael Meaney and Dr Sonia Lupien discuss the impact and programs aimed at diminishing childhood stress. The brain, especially the circuitry governing emotion, attention, self-control and stress, is shaped by a complex interplay of genes and early-childhood experiences.