McGill Cares: What Role Does Genetics Play in Dementia?

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 12:00to12:30
Pedro Rosa-Neto and Laura Robb

Join us on July 6, 2022, at noon for the next McGill Cares webcast to support informal caregivers. During candid, 30-minute interviews with leading experts, Claire Webster explores topics related to caring for a loved one with dementia. 

What Role Does Genetics Play in Dementia? 

Laura Robb, MSc, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor at the McGill Research Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA), where she contacts families to assess their risk of hereditary types of dementia, informs them of implications and guides them towards appropriate medical follow-up. She is also involved in recruiting people from identified families into the Registry on Early Onset Alzheimer Disease in Canada and into the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN).  Pedro Rosa-Neto, MD, is Director of the MCSA.  He is a clinical neurologist with expertise in the quantification of dementia patho-physiology and preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease using biomarkers. 

Ms. Robb and Dr. Rosa-Neto will speak about genetic testing to assess the risk of hereditary types of dementia. They will address the role of genetics in the development of dementia, the benefits and challenges of genetic testing, the process for genetic screening and what happens when someone tests positive.    

To watch the webcast, click here at 12 pm EDT on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, when the link will become public and accessible. 

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