Education and Dementia Prevention: New Insights‚ New Evidence

GBHI Featured Research Session at AAIC 2018

Tue, July 24

Education and Dementia Prevention: New Insights‚ New Evidence
Hall - W375 E - McCormick Place
4:15pm - 5:45pm

Session Chairs: Kristine Yaffe, MD, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA and Brian Lawlor, MD, Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Speakers:  Atlantic Fellows Elisa Resende and Geeske Peeters along with faculty and GBHI Executive Committee member Lea T. Grinberg will present their work.

This session will explore new insights and new evidence on how education lowers the risk of dementia and the mechanisms underpinning this effect. The first presentation reports on new findings from a clinicopathologic study in a large population study from Brazil with very low levels of education examining how very few years of education may contribute to cognitive reserve and modify the relation between neuropathologic indices and dementia. The second presentation describes a structural MRI study in individuals with very low levels of education, exploring the hypothesis that education may moderate the relationship between hippocampal volume and memory. Using data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, the third presentation determines whether there is added value to cognitive outcomes for later life education, particularly in those with low levels of education and discusses the implications for intervention. The final presentation explores how the changing nature of education may explain the recent decrease in incidence rates for dementia using an extensive exploration of data from existing longitudinal cohort studies in the UK.