Seminar – Elizabeth Head, MA, PhD – “Down syndrome, Aging and Alzheimer disease: Role for Cerebrovascular Pathology”
November 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Elizabeth Head, MA, PhD
University of Kentucky
About the Speaker: Dr. Head received her B.Sc., MA and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Toronto, Canada. She completed a postdoctoral position at the University of California at Irvine and remained as an assistant professor in residence, where she was the Director of the Brain Tissue Repository and served as Co-Leader of the Alzheimer Disease Center Neuropathology Core. In 2009, Head moved to the University of Kentucky where she is now a professor and Associate Director of Education at the Sanders Brown Center on Aging. The Head laboratory is dedicated to the understanding of aging and Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome are at a high risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease because they have an extra copy of chromosome 21 and they overexpress beta-amyloid protein. The team has been following a cohort of people with Down syndrome who are over 25 years of age for over 8 years to identify clinical, neuroimaging and fluid biomarker changes that may signal conversion to dementia (http://www.uky.edu/DSAging/). She is actively involved with local, national and international research teams involved with studies to improve the quality of life for people with Down syndrome and serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the National Down Syndrome Society.
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The seminar series is funded by the John D. Wiley Conference Center Fund, the Friends of the Waisman Center and NIH grant U54 HD090256.