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It's the 15th Graduate Student Speaker Series/Science in the Pub event! Join us for an evening of awesome talks, FREE food, and fun conversation.

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Take A Fun Memory Test and See Brain MRI Results
Tazrina Alrazi
PD dementia (PDD) severely affects quality of life, interpersonal relationships, independent activities of daily living; as well as is a huge economic burden to our society. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) defines patients with mild cognitive loss, but intact independent activities of daily living. It is usually a transition phase from normal cognition to dementia, and is a major risk factor for the development of PDD. MCI in PD (PD-MCI) is potentially important for early identification and intervention of PDD. MCI patients show significant cognitive deficits in one or more cognitive domains, but are not demented. Yet, the neural origins of memory, and particularly associative memory deficits in PD are not well known; nor is their impact on global cognition and decline; and their relationship with neuropsychiatric symptoms. Relationship between the associative memory deficits observed in PD-MCI and MCI-non-PD (MCI without PD), is not well understood. Tazrina will follow a total number of 200 participants (≥60 years), and compare PD-MCI with PD-non-MCI/MCI-non-PD, and healthy controls, who will undergo a BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent) fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) session while performing an associative memory task (FAST=Face Associated Scene Task) that Tazrina has developed; a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment; as well as various clinical questionnaires of neuropsychiatric symptoms. Finally, correlations of BOLD fMRI activity patterns, and performance on the clinical and neuropsychological tests will be done. FAST can be a MCI diagnostic tool (<20 minutes); and biomarkers found can be early predictors of PDD, considering MCI is the only “effective therapy stage”.

Why Apps?!
Kathleen Grindrod-Millar
This talk will focus on the opportunities of integrating apps into the healthcare system and the important considerations that we must keep in mind while doing so.

Remyelination: a new frontier for multiple sclerosis therapy
Annie Pu
In multiple sclerosis, myelin, the protective covering of neurons, is being destroyed by the body’s immune system. It’s a debilitating disease that is often diagnosed too late to take preventative measures, so the next step is to try and stop it in its tracks. Today, I will be talking about the strategies that are currently being researched to promote the regeneration of myelin, and what this means for MS patients.

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