Mini-Course: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

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Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Mini-Course: 4 videos/slideshows (45 mins) 

Watch the presentations of 4 experts from the UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center/Memory and Brain Wellness Center on brain aging, clinical essentials, vascular dementia, and a new research framework for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. These talks were presented at the Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Meeting, hosted by the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) of Washington State University on April 29–30, 2019. Slide shows are visible in the video and available for download.


1. Healthy and unhealthy brain aging [Video[Download Slideshow]

Presenter: Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD; Clinical Neuropsychologist, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center/ADRC

Objective: Review age-associated changes in cognitive functioning with an emphasis on biological as well as sociocultural determinants of normative neurocognitive function. Specific attention will be paid to differences in prevalence of risk factors for abnormal cognitive aging across the lifespan, cultural bias in neurocognitive measures and issues around appropriate normative data sets. 



2. Clinical essentials of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) [Video[Download Slideshow]

Presenter: Dr. Angela Hanson, MD, Geriatrician, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center

Objective: Review epidemiology, risk/protective factors, symptoms, clinical diagnoses, and standard of care for ADRD. 



3. Vascular brain injury [Video[Download Slideshow]

Presenter: Dr. Michael Persenaire, MD, Neurologist, Memory and Brain Wellness Center/ADRC

Objective: Review vascular brain injury, its relationship to dementia, comorbidity with Alzheimer’s disease, and relevance to indigenous populations. 



4. Research framework for ADRD [Video[Download Slideshow]

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Grabowski, MD; Director, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center/ADRC/Integrated Brain Imaging Center

Objective: Review biomarker-based framework (A/T/N), biomarkers, research diagnoses, and research developments and challenges of ADRD.