8.00-9EIS Organised EventHoward Theatre
09.00Session 6: Nutrition and Lifestyle for Brain HealthHoward Theatre
Nutritional intervention to enhance cognitive function and prevent Alzheimer’s disease: a summary of studies from WaterfordProfessor Riona Mulcahy BON Conference Committee 2018, Consultant Physician, University Hospital Waterford, Age-Related Care Unit, Waterford, Ireland
Professor Riona Mulcahy
BON Conference Committee 2018, Consultant Physician, University Hospital Waterford, Age-Related Care Unit, Waterford, Ireland
Professor Ríona Mulcahy was appointed Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at University Hospital Waterford in 2000 and Undergraduate Dean, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland in 2011.
Her areas of specialist interest include Dementia, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and Poly pharmacy in the Elderly. She has also extensive ongoing research including collaboration with Professor John Nolan in Waterford Institute ofTechnology looking at the role of nutrition in Dementia and Age related Macular Degeneration.Howard Theatre
Dementia of the Eye- Alzheimer’s-linked Amyloid beta proteins provide new insights into retinal degenerationDr J. Arjuna Ratnayaka University of Southampton, UK
Dr J. Arjuna Ratnayaka
University of Southampton, UK
Dr Ratnayaka is a Lecturer in Vision Sciences and brings together expertise in retinal biology and neurodegeneration. He is an alumnus of the University of Aberdeen,Imperial Collage London, and the University of Liverpool. This was followed by postdoctoral work at Kings College London and the University of Sussex. His group at the University of Southampton investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying degenerative pathologies in the senescent retina and brain; leading to conditions such as Age-related Macular degeneration (AMD), retinal dystrophies and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). His work has described how synaptic vesicles are shared by adjacent synapses, how signalling occurs via extra-synaptic sites and how synaptic plasticity is modulated by neurons. His work in retinal diseases has uncovered how genetic risk variants lead to fundamental alterations in the intracellular trafficking and processing of proteins, and how extracellular matrix modulation brings about change in age and disease. Dr Ratnayaka’s work has also described how in-vitro models can be developed to faithfully recapitulate native tissues, and how sophisticated cell cultures can be used to study retinal diseases. His laboratory has a focus on the role of the Alzheimer’s-linked Amyloid beta group of misfolding proteins, having described how they target neurons in both AMD and AD. His work involves collaborations with other scientists, clinicians as well as industrial partners. In addition to research, Dr Ratnayaka has teaching commitments in several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across two Faculties. He is actively engaged in outreach activities including raising awareness of blinding diseases and dementia through public lectures, work with patients/their families, workshops and education in schools. Further information can be found at: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/medicine/about/staff/jr5f12.page.Howard Theatre
Genomic approaches revealing the action of foods on brain function and diseaseProfessor Fernando Gomez-Pinilla University of California Los Angeles, USA
Professor Fernando Gomez-Pinilla
University of California Los Angeles, USA
Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery, and Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of California Los Angeles. He has pioneered research about the molecular mechanisms by which diet and exercise influence the brain. His studies are funded by the National Institute of Heath. He has about 150 articles published in elite scientific journals, and has been plenary speaker in important events around the world (Japan, China, Korea, U.K., Singapore, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Italy, Spain, Mexico, France, Brazil, Chile, South Africa). His research constantly receives intense international media attention including The Economist, Der Spiegel, New York Times, National Geographic. Dr. Gomez-Pinilla earned his doctoral degree in Neuroscience from the University of California Los Angeles.Howard Theatre
10.30Tea/CoffeeGrace Howard Room
11.00Session 7: Innovations for Cognitive Health- Take 1Howard Theatre
A Decade of Research on Lutein and CognitionProfessor Elizabeth Johnson BON Conference Committee 2018, Jean Mayer USDA, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging,Tufts University, USA
Professor Elizabeth Johnson
BON Conference Committee 2018, Jean Mayer USDA, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging,Tufts University, USA
Elizabeth J. Johnson, Ph.D. obtained her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did her postdoctoral work at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University where she is currently a Scientist I in the Antioxidants Research Laboratory. She is also an associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University. Her research interests are in nutrition and healthy aging with an emphasis on age-related visual and cognitive function. She has been involved in numerous clinical and epidemiologic studies and has collaborations with academia, industry and government agencies. Dr. Johnson has membership with the American College of Nutrition, International Carotenoid Society, Carotenoid Research Interactive Group, American Society for Nutrition, and Macula & Nutrition Group. Dr. Johnson also has editorial roles at Food Reviews International and Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly.Howard Theatre
Nutrition for the ageing brain: The impact of polyphenols on cognitive healthDr David Vauzour University of East Anglia, UK
Dr David Vauzour
University of East Anglia, UK
Dr David VAUZOUR received his PhD from the University of Montpellier (France) in 2004. His research over the last 12 years, based at the University of Reading (2005-2011), and at the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, UK (2011- present) has focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms that underlie the positive correlation between the consumption of diets rich in fruits and vegetables and a decreased risk of (neuro)degenerative disorders. In this context, his initial work provided considerable insights into the potential for natural products to promote human vascular function, decrease (neuro)inflammation, enhance memory,learning and neuro-cognitive performances and to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. His recent interests concern how phytochemicals modulate ApoE genotype-induced cardiovascular risk and neurodegenerative disorders and their underlying mechanisms. To date Dr Vauzour has published over 70 manuscripts and is currently the Co-Chair of the ILSI Europe “Nutrition and Mental Performance Task Force”.
Nutritional Cognitive Neuroscience: Innovations for Healthy Brain AgingProfessor Aron K Barbey University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Professor Aron K Barbey
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Aron K. Barbey is director of the Neuroscience Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois. He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Emory University in 2007 and completed a research fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health in 2011. He is an associate professor in the Departments of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering, and is affiliated with the Beckman Institute, the Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Barbey’s research investigates the nature of human intelligence and decision making, with particular emphasis on mproving these functions through cognitive neuroscience, physical fitness, and nutritional intervention. His research on the beneficial effects of nutrition on brain health has contributed to the emerging interdisciplinary field of Nutritional Cognitive Neuroscience (). He has received multiple early career academic achievement awards and won more than $10 million in private and federal research grants as PI since joining the University of Illinois in 2011. His research is supported by the White House BRAIN Initiative, the research division of the United States Director of National Intelligence (IARPA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and Abbott Nutrition. Dr. Barbey leads the “Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Initiative” and serves on the editorial board of multiple journals including Neuroimage, Intelligence, Thinking & Reasoning, and Trends in Neuroscience and Education.
12.30Finger Buffet LunchGrace Howard Room
13.30Session 8: Investigator Poster SessionHoward Building First Floor
15.00Tea/CoffeeGrace Howard Room
15.30-Keynote Lecture 2: Understanding Alzheimer’s as a Disease of Chronic Oxidative StressGeorge Perry Ph.D. University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
George Perry Ph.D.
University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
George Perry, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Sciences and holds the Semmes Foundation Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Perry is recognized in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research, where he has studied essentially every aspect of the disease, including amyloidosis, oxidative stress, cytoskeleton, metal homeostasis, cell cycle reentry, and mitochondria. For almost 20 years, Perry has been a strong advocate for greater diversity in ideas to move the field forward.
Perry has been cited over 78,000 (H=141) times and is recognized as a Thompson-Reuters highly cited researcher. He is distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer’s disease (AD) researchers with over 1,000 publications, one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in neuroscience and behavior, and one of the top 25 scientists in free radical research. He is editor for numerous journals and is editor-in-chief for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the most cited and prolific journal in Alzheimer’s research. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Texas Academy of Science, and the Microscopy Society of America, and past-president of the American Association of Neuropathologists. Recognized internationally, Perry is a Foreign Correspondent Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon, and the Mexican Academy of Sciences.Howard Theatre
18.00Group PhotoHoward Court Lawns
18.15Gala dinner drinks receptionFellows Lawn
19.30Gala DinnerDowning College Dining Hall
21.30Cash bar until midnightHoward Building