Ask the Expert Interview with Dr. Ronald Lazar

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) recently launched a pilot project to assess ways to help patients prevent cognitive decline. We caught up with Dr. Ronald Lazar, Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at UAB, to tell us more about this innovative project, which integrates brain health assessments and coaching into the primary care setting. 

Dr. Ronald Lazar, Director of the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Receives Funding from the McCance Brain Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

Valerie PatmintraBrain Health, Cognitive Aging, News, Research

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Ronald Lazar, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Pamela Bowen, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, BBA, Associate Professor, UAB recently received funding for a new pilot project aiming to demonstrate that exercise directly impacts cardiorespiratory fitness and has a broader effect across other risk factors, thus improving overall brain health.

Dr. Madhav Thambisetty, MBRF Trustee and Vice Chair, Recently Addressed “Targeting Pathology in Neurodegenerative Disease” at the 2023 AAN Annual Meeting

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Madhav Thambisetty, MD, PhD, MBRF Trustee and Vice Chair, senior investigator at the National Institute on Aging and adjunct professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, recently addressed the important topic of “Targeting Pathology in Neurogenerative Disease” at the Plenary Session of the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

Commit to Spring Fitness – Your Brain and Your Body Will Thank You

Valerie PatmintraBrain Health, Cognitive Aging

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If your New Year’s resolution to make exercise part of your regular routine didn’t stick during the cold winter months, don’t worry – spring is the perfect time to recommit to fitness. Not only will your body thank you, your brain will too. Physical activity can help improve your overall health today and delay the onset of cognitive decline (including dementia) later in life. 

Three Questions with Dr. Michael Saag

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Dr. Mike Saag

Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Dr. Michael Saag has gained national attention by participating in news conferences and speaking with reporters to share his experience with COVID-19 and encourage the public to follow basic safety precautions to protect themselves and others … Read More

New Study Led by University of Florida Neuroscientists Identifies a Potential Biomarker for Decreased Brain Processing Speed in Aging

Valerie PatmintraNews, Research

According to a new study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience and led by University of Florida neuroscientists, Adam Woods, Ph.D. and Jessica Kraft, thinning of the cortex in several brain regions in advanced age may be linked with a decrease in the brain’s processing speed. Using a 3T Siemens MRI scanner, researchers from University of Florida and Unviersity of … Read More

UFMBI Neurologist Earns Alzheimer’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award

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The McKnight Brain Research Foundation congratulates internationally renowned neurologist Steven T. DeKosky, M.D., the deputy director of UF’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute, for being honored with the Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award presented during the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The award recognizes significant contributions to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research, either through a single scientific discovery or … Read More

UF Neuroscientists Study Impact of COVID-19, Social Isolation on Cognitive, Mental Health of Seniors

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University of Florida neuroscientists are embarking on a new study to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the cognitive, mental and brain health of older adults, as well as the impact of social isolation on them. Led by Adam J. Woods, Ph.D., the study will be funded by a $700,000 supplement from the National Institutes of Health that will be linked … Read More

McKnight Vice Chair Invited Editorial

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In this invited editorial, McKnight Brain Research Foundation Vice Chair, Dr. Madhav Thambisetty, responds to a JAMA Open Network article by Drs. Koch, DeKosky and Goodman reporting on the impact data analyzing High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) from the Ginko Evaluation of Memory Study (GEMS) has on memory and dementia. “There may also be important clinical translational implications for the findings by … Read More

Age-Proof Your Brain by Keeping Your Heart Healthy, Study Says

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In this CNN article, MBRF Trustee, Dr. Richard Isaacson provides thoughts on new research published by the American College of Cardiology showing people with more risk factors for heart disease experienced more cognitive decline than people with healthier hearts. “High blood pressure and diabetes can accelerate shrinkage of the brain. High cholesterol can increase the bad protein that builds up … Read More