Neurodegeneration is the dynamic loss of structure or capacity of neurons, including passing of neurons. Age is a major risk factor for most common neurodegenerative diseases, including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease. While much research has focused on diseases of aging, there are few informative studies on the molecular biology of the aging brain in the absence of neurodegenerative disease or the neuropsychological profile of healthy older adults. However, research does suggest that the aging process is associated with several structural, chemical, and functional changes in the brain as well as a host of neurocognitive changes. Recent reports in model organisms suggest that as organism’s age, there are distinct changes in the expression of genes at the single neuron level.
- Track 1-1 Cognitive Genomics
- Track 2-2 Neural Circuits
- Track 3-3 Organisation of Conceptual Knowledge in the Brain
- Track 4-4 The Cognitive Neuroscience of Social Behaviour
- Track 5-5 Memory: Encoding and Retrieval
- Track 6-6 Synesthesia
- Track 7-7 The Wondering Brain