NEWS | September 5, 2017

How behavior influences cognitive health topic of Community Engagement Series lecture


Robert Wilson, professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences and Department of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, will speak about “Behavioral Contributions to Cognitive Health” on Thursday, Sept. 14 the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

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Reservations are required for this event, as seating is limited. Click here to register.

In his lecture Wilson will present evidence from ongoing clinical-pathologic studies linking aspects of life experience with risk of dementia and cognitive decline in old age and consider the neuro-biologic bases of these associations.

Wilson’s presentation is part of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s 2017 Community Engagement Learning Series, which features UC Davis faculty and nationally-prominent researchers with expertise in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow the lecture.

The theme of this year’s lecture series is healthy brain aging and prevention. With more people living longer, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders are on the rise. These declines in functional abilities and quality of life have resulted in a growing emphasis on maintaining brain health.

Wilson has extensive experience with longitudinal cohort studies of late-life cognitive functioning, including population-based studies, cognitive neuroscience studies and clinical-pathological studies. His research has focused on modeling late-life change in cognitive function, identifying antecedents and consequences of cognitive loss in old age and determining whether cognitive aging, its antecedents, or consequences vary in racial or ethnic subgroups or birth cohorts.  

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center brings together an interdisciplinary group of dedicated researchers, clinical staff, administrators and support staff to advance the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias through comprehensive patient evaluations and leading-edge research.

To interview Dr. Wilson please contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or email her at