NEWS FROM THE MIND DIVISION
On April 12, 2013 the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin convened a summit on brain health, focused on reviewing the current state of research behind software products and approaches that aim to defend against age-related cognitive decline. This meeting follows a similar meeting held five years ago which resulted in the 2008 Expert Consensus on Brain Health.
Smarts or Shams?
Baby boomers aren’t alone in grappling with how to remember the whereabouts of their elusive keys, or why they walked downstairs or opened the refrigerator. Brain scientists worldwide tackle the same mysteries, and are making headway, so to speak, in probing the key questions about memory and cognitive capabilities. A vast body of research is expanding, with digital imaging, population studies, genetic analysis, neural mapping, and behavioral studies. Underpinning it all lies a Holy Grail question for hundreds of millions of aging adults: can we improve our mental abilities? Of equal import is the related question: is it possible to prevent or slow down the decline in cognitive function associated with aging?
These questions drew two dozen leading brain experts from around the world to a daylong meeting at Stanford University --their goal to illuminate the state of knowledge about how, and if, we can improve memory and cognitive capacity.
Walter Greenleaf, PhD has joined the Center as Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Mind Division.
He brings to the Center a background in both aging research and clinical product development.