“Cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes from computerised cognitive training for older diabetic adults at risk of dementia: Results of a double-blind RCT”
By Guest Speaker Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs, NHMRC Dementia Leadership Research Fellow at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, University of Melbourne.
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is known is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia in older adults. Disease self-management in T2D is of key importance in preventing its complications, including cognitive decline, but this may be compromised due to early sub-clinical changes in cognition. Alex will discuss a recent study that evaluated the impact on cognition and self-management of an 8-week, tailored and adaptive Computerised cognitive training (CCT) program augmented with a self-efficacy intervention in 84 older adults with T2D.
Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs is a NHMRC Dementia Leadership Research Fellow at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, University of Melbourne, he is a researcher and clinician specializing in the field of cognitive ageing. His career to date included contributions in the areas of early detection of cognitive decline and dementia, and in recent years, the development, evaluation, and evidence synthesis related to non-pharmacological interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. Alex holds a NHMRC Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship. Since July 2016, he has been the Chair of the Non-Pharmacological Interventions Professional Interest Area of ISTAART – the International Society for the Alzheimer's Research and Treatment.
“Implementing Next Generation Cognitive Training for Clinical Practice”
By Guest Speaker Dr Amit Lampit, NHMRC-ARC Dementia Development Research Fellow at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, University of Melbourne.
Despite a compelling evidence base for efficacy, safety and best practice principles, translation of cognitive training research into clinical practice and community implementation is still slow, and questions regarding the prevention potential of this intervention strategy remain unresolved. Arguably one of key reasons for this translation gap is lack of standardisation in the field, bringing about significant variations in methods and results across studies. In order to close this gap, we are developing new generation CCT technologies for mass delivery of clinical-grade training, remote clinical supervision, monitoring and maintenance of gains. This talk will review the current evidence for CCT across the spectrum of age-related cognitive decline and other brain disorders, novel technologies for delivering effective CCT and current challenges for research and practice.
Dr Amit Lampit is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Development Research Fellow at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, University of Melbourne; and a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Neurology, Charité University Hospital, Berlin. His research focuses on development and evaluation of cognitive training methods across the lifespan and cognitive disorders, transfer of skill from cognitive training to everyday performance, and exergaming technologies.
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