13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Without the brain little else matters. As we age, the brain, the most complex organ in the body, may either decline in function and in some cases degenerate or it can sustain activity to a very old age. What makes the brain age? Why do some people manage to keep active thought processes whilst others develop devastating neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke? Are there ways in which we can maintain brain function? Can we postpone, stop, or even reverse brain ageing?
We will present a series of public lectures followed by panel discussion on how the brain ages successfully, show what happens when the brain does not age successfully. As part of this, current research and activities within Newcastle in both the University and NHS will be showcased to demonstrate the range of work being done. This will run as part of the annual Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) local conference organised by local members.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Speakers will be local clinicains, researchers and academics. Members of the Institute for Ageing and Health and local Alzheimer’s Research UK group will be involved in organising and manning the event.