Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind Lecture Series: The Role of Cerebrovascular Pathology in Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease Populations

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 16:00to17:00

The Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind Seminar presents: "The Role of Cerebrovascular Pathology in Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease Populations".

Registration available here.

Speaker: Mahsa Dadar

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Canada

Abstract: Late-life cognitive impairment and dementia are heterogeneous and multifactorial conditions driven by a combination of genetic, vascular, and lifestyle-related factors. More than 75% of patients with dementia have evidence of cerebrovascular pathology at autopsy. Cerebrovascular disease lesions can be detected on structural MRI and used as biomarkers to determine the extent of cerebrovascular pathology. These biomarkers are associated with cognitive difficulties and increase the risk of dementia for the same level of neurodegenerative pathology. Given that some of the risk factors for cerebrovascular disease are potentially modifiable, identifying the role of cerebrovascular pathology in aging and neurodegenerative disease populations opens a window for prevention of cognitive decline and dementia.

Bio: Mahsa Dadar, PhD, is currently an assistant professor at the Douglas center, McGill University. She received her Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran and Concordia University, and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University. She did a postdoctoral fellowship with the International Progressive MS Alliance (IPMSA) team at McGill, followed by a joint postdoctoral fellowship between the CERVO Brain Research Centre in Quebec and the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her work is focused on using MR image processing and machine learning techniques for studying the human brain with the aim of quantifying and investigating the pathological changes in aging populations

The Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind (VBM) Seminar Series will advance the vision of Dr. William Feindel (1918–2014), Former Director of the Neuro (1972–1984), to constantly bridge the clinical and research realms. The talks will highlight the latest advances and discoveries in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging.

Speakers will include scientists from across The Neuro, as well as colleagues and collaborators locally and from around the world. The series is intended to provide a virtual forum for scientists and trainees to continue to foster interdisciplinary exchanges on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of brain and cognitive disorders.

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