Summer conferences


July was a crazy month! I attended a couple of very interesting but very different conferences that took place on 2 continents… within a few days!

I first flew to Budapest to attend ICOM6 (the 6th edition of the International Conference on Memory, see here) where I gave two talks. The first one was about imaging of hippocampal subfields in aging and Alzheimer’s disease, during which I also talked about our on going initiative for segmentation harmonization. The second one was about the comparison between Alzheimer’s disease and semantic dementia; I mentioned my previous work, as well as the follow up work by Alexandre Bejanin that in currently submitted for publication.

I then directly flew to Toronto to attend AAIC (Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, which I’ve attended 6 years in a row since the 2011 edition in Paris). I gave the opening plenary talk of the Alzheimer’s Imaging Consortium, the neuroimaging preconference. This presentation aimed at summarizing what we have learned in the last year, ie the hundreds of papers published in the field since last AAIC in Washington DC… Quite a program!
At AAIC, I also presented a poster on a quali-quantitative assessment of self-reported cognitive deficits. I really enjoyed conducting this original research (my first study without neuroimaging data!) and was happy to see that many other researchers were interested in the topic. Many exciting and fruitful discussions at the poster!

Now back to work at the Memory and Aging Center!

Photo credit: Left panel is derived from the ICOM website here.

About Renaud La Joie

PhD in neuroscience/neuropsychology. I am interested in age-related neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease & related disorders. My research involves multimodal neuroimaging and neuropsychological tools, as complementary approaches are required to better characterize - and hopefully understand - these disorders. From a more fundamental perspective, studying the diseased brain will also contribute to further our knowledge on the neural basis of cognitive functions in the normal brain.
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