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Special Guest Lecture May 1, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Room S100A, Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease: 
The Contribution of the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Study of Aging

David Ames  

  David Ames, MD 
   National Aging Research Institute
   Professor of Aging and Health
   University of Melbourne
   Department of Psychiatry










As a clinician and researcher, Professor Ames has gained wide-ranging experience in his field in both the UK and Australia. His main research interests are new drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, and the care of the depressed elderly.  Professor Ames is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer’s Disease International and chief investigator of the CSIRO Australian Imaging Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles and is the co-editor of 18 books.  Professor Ames previously served as Secretary of the Section of Psychiatry of Old Age of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, as a member of the board of directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA), and as the editor of the journal International Psychogeriatrics and the IPA Bulletin.

Learning Objectives:  At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize key findings of the AIBL study in relation to dietary intake and cognitive impairment at baseline.
  2. Describe results from the AIBL study in relation to physical activity and cognitive function at baseline.
  3. Understand research that is being undertaken to understand the extent of benefit that physical activity may provide to those with cognitive impairment.

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 Credits TM. 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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