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Reconnecting the aging brain
Mon. 22 May 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm GMT-04:00
FREE public lecture as part of the Healthy Future series by Dr Ann -Maree Vallence, Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University.
Dr Ann-Maree Vallence’s will discuss her research program which is focused on identifying the neural causes of age-related decline in voluntary movement, and using the outcomes of this fundamental research to develop interventions to slow or even reverse voluntary movement decline associated with advanced age.
Aging is accompanied by structural and functional changes in the brain. These changes result in anatomical disconnection of brain regions that usually function together, and likely play a role in age-related decline in voluntary movement.
Ann-Maree’s research uses non-invasive brain stimulation protocols to characterise age-related changes in brain function, and determine how these changes in brain function are related to changes in voluntary movement control and learning.
The outcomes of this research will guide the development of multi-factorial interventions combining non-invasive brain stimulation protocols, which can strengthen important connections in the brain, and exercise, which can improve the brain’s capacity for plasticity. Such interventions have the potential to improve voluntary movement control in older adults, thereby reducing the likelihood of falls and injury, and increasing quality of life.