Carol A. Barnes, Ph.D., Director, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Regents’ Professor of Psychology, Neurology, and Neuroscience, University of Arizona
Wednesday, May 10, 2023,
ASA Koffler Great Room & Zoom
One of the many attractions of senior living in southern Arizona is our proximity to the dynamic research and community programs of the University of Arizona’s Precision Aging Network, founded in 2021 with a grant of $60M from the NIH. At the center of the Network is our speaker, Dr. Carol Barnes, Director of the Evelyn F McKnight Brain Institute. Since its founding in 2006, the Institute has focused on discovering the mysteries of the normally aging brain that will lead to a lifetime of cognitive health.
Dr. Barnes will introduce the audience to this Network, a 5-year national study on brain aging, which considers a person’s genetics, lifestyle, environment and other variables to determine what factors optimize brain health as we age. We want to understand if we can predict, prevent, or slow the decline of brain aging on an individual basis and develop ways to increase the quality of life for different individuals as they age. Audience members will learn how the study works, starting with a nationwide on-line memory test, and then building to in-person testing at national study sites. Knowledge gained from the Precision Aging® Network study will be used to understand how the brain changes during the aging process and to develop methods to build solutions to optimize memory in older individuals.
Dr. Carol A. Barnes is an internationally-renowned researcher who focuses on the neuroscience of brain and cognitive aging, and was recently listed in the top 1,000 female scientists in the world by Research.com (December 2022). She is a Regents Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Neurology and Neuroscience, the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging, Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute and Director of the Division of Neural Systems, Memory and Aging at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Compiled and Edited by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer
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