Optimal functioning of neural networks is critical to the complex cognitive processes of memory, language, emotion, and reasoning that deteriorate in Alzheimer's disease. Understanding the mechanisms by which synaptic connections are formed and create neural networks is crucial to developing new drugs to protect and maintain neuronal function and connectivity. This conference will provide an overview of the process of synaptic plasticity in normal aging and in neurodegenerative disease, and outline therapeutic strategies to preserve vital neural connections.
Networking reception to follow.
Photo credit: Dr. Barbara Calabrese, University of California San Diego, Halpain Laboratory