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Special Guest Lecture January 13, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Room S120

Run for Your Life:  Exercise Effects on Brain and Cognition


 Kirk Erickson, PhD 
 Associate Professor of Psychology
 University of Pittsburgh




Dr. Erickson is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Principal Investigator for the Brain Aging & Cognitive Health (BACH) Lab.  He is an active investigator and mentor at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and the Center for Neuroscience. Dr. Erickson received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Marquette University (1999).  After earning his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005, Dr. Erickson conducted post-doctoral research at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois.  Dr. Erickson joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology faculty in 2008, where he has pursued his research interests in cognitive neuroscience, aging, neuroplasticity, genetics, and molecular mechanisms of cognitive function.  Dr. Erickson has published his work in numerous scientific and medical journals including the Journal of Neuroscience, Brain Research, and Neuropsychology.  He has also presented his findings at national meetings and international conferences in the United States and abroad.  His current research focuses on how the brain changes in late adulthood and the factors that promote successful aging.  

Learning Objectives.  At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the regional specificity of the effects of exercise on brain morphology and function. 
  2. Describe potential mediators of the effects of exercise on the brain. 
  3. Understand factors that moderate the effect of exercise on brain and cognitive outcomes.

Continuing Education Credit:  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours.  In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. 

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