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September 12, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: The Freer House, 71 E. Ferry St, Detroit 48202 2nd Floor Hoobler Room
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Faculty
WSU, Institute of Gerontology Colloquia Series presents
Michael Yassa, PhD
Associate Professor and UCI Chancellor’s Fellow
Dept. of Neurobiology & Behavior, Neurology & Psychiatry Director,
Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory
University of California, Irvine, CA
Dr. Yassa will discuss work from his research group isolating and studying memory computations and processes critical for episodic memory. He will discuss how this fundamental understanding of episodic memory has informed the examination of the aging brain as well as vulnerability to dementia. 
Recent studies using high-resolution functional MRI have also identified parallel information processing streams within the medial temporal lobes. One of these pathways appears to be selectively vulnerable to the aging process. Dr. Yassa's recent work has identified a set of neurobiological alterations in this pathway (the anteroteral-entorhinal-perirhinal-hippocampal pathway) that predict behavioral impairments in memory. He will present his team's model for neurocognitive aging focusing on episodic memory with a set of novel biomarkers and their temporal windows of opportunity for modification. Implications for therapeutic approaches will be discussed.

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For more information about this event, please contact Gail Jensen Summers at 313-664-2622 or