Barbara Dicker Oration on memory and dementia

With increasing numbers of people entering old age there will be an explosion of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, according to Professor Michael Rugg. Professor Rugg, a leading international researcher in cognitive neuroscience and human memory, was speaking to an audience of more than 250 people at the fifth annual Barbara Dicker Oration at Swinburne on Thursday 15 September 2016. He outlined his work aimed at understanding how age-related changes in the brain’s structure and function affect cognitive abilities, both in healthy people and those with age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. He emphasised that Alzheimer’s is not a part of normal ageing. Breakthrough in imaging aids brain research Professor Rugg said the development of imaging methods had enabled researchers to image the build-up of two…

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