3rd Annual Dixie Lee Boney Soo Lecture

Please join us for the 3rd annual Dixie Lee Boney Soo Lecture on Thursday February 4th at 12:30 PM! The Biomedical Research Imaging Center will host Dr. Randy L. Buckner for his presentation "Aging and Disease in Modern Times," in room 1131 of the Bioinformatics Building.

When Feb 04, 2016
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Bioinformatics Building Room 1131
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3rd Annual Dixie Lee Boney Soo Lecture, February 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM, 1131 Bioinformatics:

Randy L. Buckner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Harvard University
Director of Psychiatric Neuroimaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

"Aging and Disease in Modern Times"

Students graduating from college today can expect to live to 100 if they reach retirement age. How will we face the challenges and opportunities of aging now that so many will live into their ninth and tenth decade? Recent approaches to brain aging provide markers and understanding of the age-related changes that affect cognition and offer ways to explore treatments for the most devastating illnesses. But there is another challenge- the modern world is disconnected from that of our ancestors. Many of us live a relatively sedentary lifestyle and young adults growing up in the digital age have shifted sleep and social habits. How will these trends influence aging and disease in modern times?

Randy L. Buckner is Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience at Harvard University and affiliated with the Center for Brain Science.  He is also Professor at the Harvard Medical School and the Director for Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his Ph.D. degree in neuroscience from Washington University, under the direction of Steven Petersen and Marcus Raichle.  He trained with Bruce Rosen as a postdoctoral fellow and then Instructor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, where he pioneered new functional MRI methods to study human memory.  Over the past decade his work has expanded to include studies of Alzheimer's disease and neuropsychiatric illness with a focus on developing biomarkers for disease detection and progression.  This work has led to a description of the brain’s default network and how it is targeted early in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Professor Buckner’s awards include the Wiley Young Investigator Award from the Organization of Human Brain Mapping, the Young Investigator Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the 2007 Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and the 2010 Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease from the MetLife Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.