January 2023 ADRC Seminar Series: Gagan Wig, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Vital Longevity and School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas
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Gagan S. Wig, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Vital Longevity, School of Behavioral & Brain Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dr. Wig earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, followed by post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis with the Human Connectome Project. Dr. Wig is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for Vital Longevity and School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, and in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Wig’s research uses functional and structural imaging to study the organization of large-scale brain networks, specifically focused on understanding how brain networks change across the adult lifespan in both health and disease. Dr. Wig’s research has helped to develop a theoretical and methodological framework for analyzing patterns of brain connectivity and brain networks. This work is revealing how brain networks change across the adult lifespan, and how individual differences in these network changes relate to age-related cognitive decline. Dr. Wig’s recent research is examining how changes in an individual’s socio-economic environment and lifestyle interact with their brain network organization to impact their resilience and vulnerability to cognitive impairment. Dr. Wig’s research is presently supported by grants from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF).
The topics of this seminar series will be a wide range of areas of relevant to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD), biological heterogeneity, and other themes of the ADRC. The presenters will be a mix of UW, regional, and external (national and international) guests, and also have an eye toward enhancing collaborations.