Associate Professor Muireann Irish
Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
Title of Presentation: "Memories are made of this" - new insights from the dementias.
Overview: Episodic memory refers to the ability to encode, store, and retrieve information and is crucial to everyday adaptive functioning. Loss of episodic memory represents one of the hallmark clinical features of dementia syndromes, such as Alzheimer’s disease, reflecting the progressive disruption of a core memory network centred on the medial temporal lobes. Mounting evidence, however, points to the importance of regions beyond the medial temporal lobes in supporting episodic memory function. In this talk, I will present an overview of work from my group exploring different facets of episodic memory dysfunction across a range of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, semantic dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. Using a combination of novel experimental tools and advanced neuroimaging techniques, we are moving towards a refined understanding of the neural circuitry of episodic memory and how progressive atrophy to distinct brain networks impacts the capacity not only to remember the past but also to envisage the future. In doing so, I hope to highlight the neurocognitive mechanisms that must be functional to support sophisticated memory processes as well as considering the devastating effects of losing these uniquely human functions.
Details:The presentation will be held in Bldg 3.G.55, Bankstown campus.Online video streaming of this seminar is available for Western Sydney University staff and students.
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