Symposium: Exercise and the Brain
Physical exercise has emerged as a powerful strategy for promoting and maintaining brain health and resilience throughout the lifespan and for staving off the cognitive dysfunction associated with neurological and neurodegenerative diseases and brain injury. Moreover, recent advances are identifying molecular mechanisms that mediate these salutary effects, providing increasing clinical evidence for the efficacy of this approach in humans, and devising novel therapeutic strategies that include exercise as a key component for treating neurological conditions. This interdisciplinary symposium will highlight recent advances in our understanding of the impact of physical activity and exercise on brain function and health and will explore key basic and clinical research, translational implementation, and policy issues in this emerging field. Speakers will include Art Kramer (Northeastern University), Henriette van Praag (NIH/NIA), Laura Baker (Wake Forest University), Monika Fleshner (University of Colorado), and Duke investigators.Contacts: Elizabeth A. Finch, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Christina L. Williams, Ph.D. (email@example.com).