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The Science of the Aging Brain


Though misplacing keys and forgetting names are common occurrences, such lapses in memory can frighten older adults. Neuroscience, however, is exploding with promising research that may allay fears about the aging brain. Learn how Berkeley researchers are using cutting-edge tools and techniques to investigate the impact of aging on memory, attention, and other cognitive functions. Then find out about promising studies that could guide efforts toward developing effective therapies for cognitive deficits associated with both healthy aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.


Mark D'Esposito

D’Esposito is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and in the department of psychology; and the director of the Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center. He has received numerous awards for his clinical, teaching, and research skills. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and has written more than 275 research publications. Dr.

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William Jagust

Jagust, M.D. is a professor at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and at the School of Public Health. He is also a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on the use of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to understand brain aging and dementia. Prior to Berkeley, Dr. Jagust directed the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UC Davis, as well as chairing neurology in its School of Medicine at UC Davis.

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