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March 28, 2014

Congratulations to Drs. Brenna McDonald and Andrew Saykin, who spoke today at the Indiana Health Law Review Symposium at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The title of the symposium was Neuroscience and Law: Injury, Capacity, and Illness. Dr. McDonald served on the Child Contact Sports and Concussion panel (10:00-10:45 AM), while Dr. Saykin served on the Predictive Testing, Decision-Making, and Ethics panel (1:45-3:00 PM). For a complete symposium program, visit

March 21, 2014

The Neuroscience Center will host the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center (IADC) Scientific Symposium on Alzheimer's Disease: Early Detection and Intervention in the Goodman Hall Auditorium. Registration begins at 7:45 to hear speakers:

Andrew Saykin, PsyD, Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences and Director of the IADC, IUSM. Early Detection: The Role of Neuroimaging and Biomarkers

Eric Siemers, MD, Senior Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Team, Eli Lilly & Co. Development of Promising Early Treatments and Interventions

Benjamin G. Druss, M.D., M.P.H., Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Improving Health and Healthcare for People with Serious Mental Illnesses:  From Research to Practice and Back Again 

Kelly Griese, Investor Education Coordinator, Indiana Secretary of State; and Brandy R. Matthews, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Neurology Residency Program Director, Department of Neurology; Associate Leader, IADC Education Core, IUSM Preventing Elder Investment Fraud: Assessing for Vulnerability 

Christopher M. Callahan, MD, FACP, Cornelius & Yvonne Pettinga Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal and Geriatric Medicine; Director, IU Center for Aging Research; Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, IUSM. Testing Interventions in the Home: The ADMIT Trial

Jill R. Murrell, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Medical and Molecular Genetics, IUSM. Genetics and Early Diagnosis

Frederick Unverzagt, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Residency, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Leader, IADC Clinical Core, IUSM. Update on Mental Engagement and Physical Exercise: Recipe for Successful Aging?  

March 19-22

Drs. Yang Wang and Brenna McDonald will be presenting back-to-back abstracts at the Tenth World Congress on Brain Injury in San Francisco. The session “Neuroimaging of Pediatric TBI” is Friday the 21st. Visit for more information on the conference. Wang's talk is on "Decreased cerebral blood flow in chronic pediatric mild traumatic brain injury: an MRI perfusion study". McDonald will present "Increased Frontal Activation during Working Memory Processing after Pediatric Concussion: Persistent Effects up to One Year Post-Injury"


January 23, 2014
I.U. School of Medicine Researchers awarded $300,000 in new grants from GE/NFL. Read more about it here:  For General Electric's press release click here: . 

October 25th, 2013
The Third Indiana Neuroimaging Symposium held on the Indiana University campus. It was held in Alumni Hall with Registration begining at 8:00 am and Opening Remarks by Sharlene Newman and Dean Larry Singell. Andrew J. Saykin, Psy.D. spoke on "A Million Voxels and Three Billion Base Pairs: Challenges and Opportunities in the Imaging Genomics of Alzheimer's Disease". Also from the IU School of Medicine, David Kareken, Ph.D. talked about Multi-modal neuroimaging of alcoholism risk. Following a Poster Session there were breakout sessions. Other speakers included IU Bloomington Faculty members, Olaf Sporns Ph.D. as the Keynote, and Thomas Schoenemann Ph.D. From Purdue, were speakers Ulrike Dydak Ph.D. and Thomas Talavage, Ph.D.

October 18, 2013
The annual meeting of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience was in Hine Hall on IUPUI campus.
Posters Presented:
Altered salience network connectivity in older adults with cognitive complaints, early and late amnestic mild cognitive impairment. JD Contreras, Y Wang, SL Risacher, BC McDonald, JD West, and AJ Saykin. 
Cerebral hypometabolism in carriers of the intron 10 +3 MAPT mutation. KD Deters, SL Risacher, MR Farlow, FW Unverzagt, DA Kareken, GD Hutchins, KK Yoder, JR Murrell, S Spina, F Epperson, AJ Saykin, and B Ghetti. 
In vivo measurement of neurotoxic changes in manganese-exposed workers. Z Long, Y-M Jiang, X-R Li, J Xu, L Long, W Zheng, JB Murdoch, and U Dydak.
Plasma cortisol is associated with accelerated brain atrophy: An Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) study. P Rajagopalan, B Gutman, AW Toga, CR Jack Jr., MW Weiner, and PM Thompson.
Increased frontal activation during working memory processing after pediatric concussion: Persistent effects up to one year post-injury. DR Westfall, JN Bailey, LK Stickans, KA Campbell, JD West, TW Arnold, PA Kersey, AJ Saykin, and BC McDonald.


October 9, 2013
The IUPUI Imaging Research Symposium was held in the University Library, Lilly Auditorium. Speakers included Gary D. Hutchins, PhD and two invited speakers. Daniel C. Sullivan, MD from Duke University Medical Center and Andrew J. Bowling, PhD of Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis. 
September 20, 2013
Andrew Saykin, Psy.D., spoke at the Seventh Annual Martin Family Alzheimer’s Caregiver Symposium, “Mind Your Health and Exercise Your Brain.” Dr. Saykin, Director of the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center and Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, presented “Imaging, Biomarkers and Subjective Cognitive Decline: How Early Can We Detect Alzheimer’s Disease?”

This free, all day event was designed for family caregivers and community health care providers, the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center hosted the symposium at the IU Health Neuroscience Center (Goodman Hall) Auditorium. Tours were given of the imaging facilities and many written materials were offered. 

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