Beyond Amyloid Symposium


Beyond Amyloid SymposiumMonday, May 7 - 7:30am-5pm

Second Annual Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Core Center (ADCC) Research Symposium: 

Beyond Amyloid

Wayne State University Student Center Ballroom (MAP)


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Register by April 27!


The Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Core Center 2nd annual research symposium will explore non-amyloid contributions to brain dysfunction and neuronal cell death in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.



7:30 am – Registration, Breakfast, Poster Session

8:30 am – Welcome & Opening Remarks
Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, Director of Institute of Gerontology, WSU

8:40 am – Introduction to MADCC
Henry Paulson, MD, PhD, Director, Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center, U-M

8:45 am – KEYNOTE
Vascular Risk and Aβ Interaction: Reducing Cortical Thickness in AD Vulnerable Brain Regions
Charles DeCarli, MD, Dir. Alzheimer’s Disease Center, University of California 

9:45 am – Break  

10:15 am – MADCC Scholar
US Race/Ethnic Minorities at High Cognitive Risk Use Less Healthcare Resources
Wassim Tarraf, PhD, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Healthcare Science & Institute of Gerontology, WSU

10:30 am – MADCC Scholar
Neural Correlates of Subjective Memory Impairment 
Jessica Damoiseaux, PhD,  Asst. Prof., Dept. of Psychology & Institute of Gerontology, WSU

10:45 am  – Featured Lecture 
Innate Immune Activation Effects on Amyloid and Tau Pathology
Dave Morgan, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine,
MSU College of Human Medicine

11:15 am  – Lunch and Poster Session

1:00 pm – KEYNOTE
Air Pollution and its Effect on the Aging Brain
Caleb Finch, PhD, ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Professor of Neurobiology of Aging,
University of Southern California

2:00 pm – MADCC Scholar
Trends in Cognitive Functioning at Retirement Ages in the US
HwaJung Choi, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine,
U-M Medical School

2:15 pm – Featured Lecture
Metals Exposure and Genetics on Dementia Risk
Kelly Bakulski, PhD, Research Asst. Professor, School of Public Health, U-M

2:45 pm – Break

3:00 pm – MADCC Scholar
Tau and Protein Phosphatase 1 Interaction: Implications for Tau Toxicity
Benjamin Combs, PhD, Research Asst. Professor, Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, MSU

3:15 pm – Featured Lecture
Contributions of Biomarkers for Prediction of Alzheimers Disease Risk
John Woodard, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Psychology, WSU

3:45 pm – Closing Remarks, Poster Awards

You and your colleagues are also encouraged to submit an abstract for poster presentation at this meeting. Studies of any topic relevant to Alzheimer's and related dementias are welcome, particularly ones that address the ADCC's overall theme: the non-β-amyloid contributions to brain dysfunction and degeneration in the dementias. 


Submit your abstract of 250 words or less by April 2 to Vanessa Rorai at