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2021 Virtual Brain Health Symposium: Keynote Speaker

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2021 Virtual Brain Health Symposium Keynote Speaker

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The Physical Activity for Precision Health Cluster would like to invite you to attend a public talk by keynote speaker Dr. Kaarin Anstey. After the lecture, audience members will have an opportunity to interact with Dr. Kaarin Anstey in a Q&A session.

This event will be held over Zoom. You will receive a meeting link via email 24 hours before the event.

Talk Title: Lifestyle contributions to brain health – an overview

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The importance of lifestyle risk factors for cognitive decline and risk of dementia will be examined taking a population health approach. This will demonstrate that a large proportion of cases of dementia may be attributable to lifestyle risk factors, providing a strong rationale for risk reducing interventions. The Cognitive Health Environment Lifestyle Model (CHELM) presents a way to conceptualise the complex range of risk factors for cognitive and brain health and this will be presented. Systematic review evidence for specific risk factors such as air pollution, diet, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and smoking will be briefly reviewed. Recent multidomain, randomised controlled trials to reduce risk of cognitive decline and dementia will also be critically discussed in light of their strengths, unintended benefits and also some limitations.

About Dr. Kaarin Anstey:

ARC Laureate Professor Kaarin Anstey is Director of the University of New South Wales Ageing Futures Institute, and a Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia. Anstey also co-Directs the Australian Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and is Chair of the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention. Anstey’s research programs focus on the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive ageing, dementia, and common mental disorders in adulthood. She also leads the PATH Through Life project which is a population-based study of young, middle-aged and older adults who have been followed for 20 years focusing on risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia. Anstey is an investigator on several multi-domain risk reduction trials. She led the Body Brain Life project in Primary care, and is a co-investigator on the Mind Your Brain Trial and the soon to commence AU Arrow trial which is funded by the Australia Medical Research Future Fund and the US Alzheimer’s Association. Anstey is a member of the Governance Committee of the Global Council on Brain Health and was a member of the WHO Guideline Development Committee for the guidelines on risk reduction for cognitive decline and dementia.

NOTE: This event will be recorded and videos will be compiled in a password protected portal for conference registrants to access later. By participating in the symposium, you are providing consent to be recorded.

Please contact Daria Tai at daria.tai@hiphealth.ca if you have any questions regarding the event or registration.

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