Obermann Afternoons / From Cells to Sensors: Interdisciplinary Research in Aging

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Afternoons
111 Church Street
Iowa City, IA 52242

Members of the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative will present their work, including Matt Rizzo (Neurology, Medicine), Veena Prahlad (Biology, CLAS), Kumar Narayanan (Neurology, Medicine), Kristi Williams (Nursing), and Michelle Voss (Psychology, CLAS).

The Aging Mind and Brain Initiative's mission is to develop and study innovative ways to diagnose, prevent, and delay mental decline in older persons. Understanding how aging epigenetically affects brain functioning will allow the understanding, prevention and effective treatment of cognitive degenerative disorders. Under strong leadership, we integrate experts from multiple disciplines to translate expanding knowledge in neuroscience, engineering, biomedical design, nursing and health science systems, and law to ensure a better quality of life for older people now and even more so in the future.

The Grand Challenge is to design and implement specific interventions that measurably increase mind and brain health and quality of life across the lifespan of all Iowans. Indispensible ways to meet this challenge are to modify Iowan’s sedentary lifestyles that lead to known health risks, by translating discovery on key biologic, genetic, behavioral and environmental underpinnings into action.

This is presentation is part of Obermann Afternoons, an informal speaker series at the Obermann Center that features faculty research and highlights issues of current importance.