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The seminar was “sold out” and the room was close to packed when Gary Kleemann introduced Dr. Jay Braun, ASU Emeritus Professor of Psychology. Dr. Braun started his talk with a brief overview of the physiology of the healthy brain, a review of things we all probably learned in ninth grade biology class but have since forgotten. He supplied us with a “cheat” sheet containing basic human brain information and basic brain nomenclature. Two of the many interesting facts about the brain were:
The final part of the presentation discussed some of the methods used to monitor the brain and what can be learned from these efforts. PET, positron emission tomography, scans are very helpful because they generate three dimensional images of the brain process unlike CAT, computerized axial tomography, scans which only show shape and location. PET scans can show the change of brain activity over time and are thus helping uncover the role, if any, of plaques, abnormal clusters of protein fragments, and tangles, twisted strands of proteins, in the death of nerve cells in the cerebrum.
Dr. Braun ended his talk with his often stated view: Exercise is the most important thing you can do to maintain a healthy brain.
The second part of the seminar was presented by Bryan Woodruff MD from the Mayo Clinic, Arizona. Dr. Woodruff is also a member of the Clinical Core of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium. In his presentation he addressed six topics:
The presentation slides, available at WoodruffsSlides., give a broad overview of the talk but much of the detail is not shown on the slides. Look for articles in future Prime Times addressing some of the topics presented in the seminar.
Following are a few of the many interesting points made by Dr. Woodruff:
Story by Barry McNeill. Photos by Barry McNeill & Dave Scheatzle
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