Thomas Wolbers is Professor for Ageing & Cognition Research Group at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Magdeburg, Germany. His research is focusing on mechanisms of normal and pathological aging in brain structures that are key for spatial navigation. We are lucky to have him here talking about his research in this field.
A healthy brain is essential to enjoy a productive human life. How can we keep our brain healthy? How does our environment affect our brain throughout life? How can we optimize our brain function? Brain health researchers in the EU-funded Lifebrain project will present some of their findings during the public lecture in Norwegian and in English.
Kristine Beate Walhovd, Professor, Centre for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition, University of Oslo. Coordinator of the Lifebrain project. She will discuss why is it important to take care of our brain all along the lifespan (Lecture in Norwegian).
Sana Suri, Post-doc researcher, University of Oxford/Lifebrain project. Sana will discuss the opportunities and challenges an aging population may bring, how risk factors including high blood pressure can accelerate brain aging, and how physical activity can help promote healthy brain aging. (Lecture in English).
Are you interested in learning a bit more about different areas of psychology? Our presenters will tell you about their work, research, or what they are passionate within the field of psychology in less than 7 minutes. You can get new knowledge and maybe even some inspiration for your bachelor-, master-, or PhD thesis.
All talks will be in English, so don’t hesitate to attend!
Kristina Miljeteig – A feeling of worthlessness – What is it about girls and social media?
Kamilla Knutsen Steinnes – Kama Muta: The emotion behind the prevalence of kittens on social media
Magnus Nordmo – Using emotional wisdom to attain self-control
Lin Prøitz – Connected and affected? SKAM fans affective work in social media
Athanasia Mowinckel – Healthy minds from 0-100 years: Optimising the use of European brain imaging cohorts
Anette Einan Enoksen – Learning to live with stigma: The story of gay men living with HIV
Presentation by renowned sleep and memory researcher Björn Rasch.
March 13th 2017, 14:15-16:00
Department of Psychology
The primary objective of this seminar and cooperation is to develop world-class research and education through establishing new collaborations between the Research Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC) and Canadian partners affiliated with the University of Toronto, the Rotman Research Institute and the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The seminar is open to all
14:15 – Coffee and Welcome
14:20-16:00 – Presentations by international guests from Toronto
Tomáš Paus (The Rotman Research Institute, Toronto)
Population neuroscience of the adolescent brain
Zdenka Pausova (The Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto)
Population epigenetics: Are DNA-methylation marks disease
biomarkers or mediators?
LCBC is proud to host a seminar with esteemed guest speakers Cheryl Grady, Bogdan Draganski and Lars Nyberg on brain plasticity and cognitive change.
10.00 – Coffee
Cheryl Grady, University of Toronto, Canada:
Age Differences in the Dynamic Flexibility of Brain
Bogdan Draganski, Lausanne University Hospital,
Taking a deep dive into the nature of age-related
brain anatomy changes
Lars Nyberg, Umeå University:
Memory decline in aging – a crucial role for the
12.30-13.30 Lunch (by invitation)
13.30-16.00 LCBC Workshop (lecturers and LCBC)
There will be presentations from international and national collaborators on cognitive neuroscience perspectives. The seminar will also include some of the most recent findings from LCBC.
Time and place: Aug. 30, 2016 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78, Oslo
09.00 – 09.20 Welcome to LCBC
09.20 – 11.45 Morning session: Cognitive neuroscience perspectives (chaired by Prof. Kristine Walhovd)
09.20 William Jagust: How might Alzheimer’s disease evolve over the lifespan?
10.10-10.25 Coffee break
10.25 Lars Nyberg: Brain maintenance – factors behind declining and preserved memory functioning in aging
11.15 David Bartres-Faz: Can non-invasive brain stimulation contribute to the study of the ageing brain?
11.35-11.50 Coffee break
11.50 -13.00 Lightning talks: Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition
13.00-14.00 Lunch (by invitation only)
14.00 – 15.15 Afternoon session: Genetics and molecular neuroscience perspectives (chaired by Prof. René Westerhausen)
14.00 Ragnhildur T. Karadottir: Neuronal regulation of remyelination
14.25 Meryl S. Lillenes: Altered DNA base excision repair profile in brain tissue and blood in Alzheimer’s disease
14.50 Tone Tønjum: On the Brain-Gut axis: Differential expression of DNA repair pathways in human brain and mucosal gut tissue
15.15-15.30 Coffee Break
15.30-16.30 Panel Discussions: Challenges of the life span approach (chaired by Prof. Anders Fjell)
LCBC hosted a lunch meeting with Bård Harstad from UiO’s Department of Economics. Bård gave us an insightful and very entertaining lecture entitled “Time-inconsistent preferences in economics and policy”. How do we perceive the costs relative to the benefits of any given situation as a function of time? Are we adept at investing time and effort in long-term goals that give a delayed pay-off when the perceived cost of such decisions is more immediate? And if something is costly today, does it then pay to postpone until tomorrow?
Bård’s research highlights a key factor that needs to be taken into account when we consider how we do and should make decisions. Namely, time. A major issue is time-inconsistency in decision-making. When closer in time, perceived costs often outweigh perceived benefits in the long-term, precisely because they are in the long-term, and because the costs are not. This has far-reaching consequences, helping us understand a key influence as to why people may not save much or may eat too unhealthily, but also economic-related decision-making such as why greener environmental policies are often harder and take far more time to push through. In the latter scenario, the significant costs involved in investing in a new infrastructure for greener energy are often perceived to outweigh the long-term benefits reaped by future generations, despite these benefits actually being far greater.
The key may be to recognise that time is a factor that will ubiquitously and continually change our perception of a situation. According to Bård, one should therefore pre-commit to making later changes, because the cost will always be considered greater in the present than in the future.
Ole Andreassen from the Norwegian Institute for Mental Disoders Research (NORMENT) came in to the LCBC offices to give us a presentation on how they use big datasets to understand mental disorders.