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International Conference "Cortical Dementias – Cognitive Deficits in Alzheimer's Disease" in Freiburg, Germany

Dear list members,

<>International Conference
"Cortical Dementias – Cognitive Deficits in Alzheimer's Disease"

Enormous progress has been made in the exploration of the neurobiological bases of dementia diseases during the past 10 to 15 years. Nevertheless, the connection between neuronal changes and functional deficits (such as speech processing or memory deficits in Alzheimer Disease) remains largely unknown. As of yet unsolved is the question to what extent the different functional deficits are related to each other.
Concerning the connection between biological changes (e.g. atrophies) and functional deficits, it has been widely implied that, for instance, problems in naming objects may stem from an atrophy of relevant cerebral areas or limited access to these areas resulting from atrophy. However, such views improperly simplify and reduce the complex connection between the biological bases and functional performances of the brain.
The Neurolinguistic Laboratory and the Neuropsychology Lab (Department of Psychology) of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg i.Br. will be hosting the international conference.

"Cortical Dementias -
Cognitive Deficits in Alzheimer´s Disease"

<>on Friday, 24. June, and Saturday, 25. June 2005.

Contributing at least:

Section I: Diagnosis of Alzheimer´s Disease (AD)

Chair: Dr. Stefan Teipel, M. D., Munich, Germany (Neuroimaging and CSF Markers of AD)


  • Prof. Dr. Hans Förstl, Munich, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. C. J. Stam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (EEG / MEG in Dementia)
  • Dr. B. Ibach, Regensburg, Germany ("Contrasting metabolic impairment in frontotemporal degeneration and Alzheimer's disease")
  • Prof. Dr. J. Pantel, Frankfurt, Germany ("Neuropsychological correlates of structural MRI findings in Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia")

Section II: MCI - Mild Cognitive Impairment

Chair: Dr. P. Nestor, Cambridge UK


  • Prof. Dr. K. Schmidtke, Freiburg, Germany ("Mild Cognitive Impairment - Conceptual Issues and Follow-up Studies")
  • Dr. H. Wolf, Leipzig ("Is MCI preclinical AD?")
  • Dr. A. Scheurich, Mainz ("Cerebral Ultrastructural Canges in MCI: Functional Relevance and Diagnostic Utility")

Section III: Functional Deficits in Alzheimer´s Disease

Chair: Prof. Dr. Amit Almor, Columbia, USA: ("Words, Sentences, and Discourses in AD!)


  • Dr. A. J. Astell, St. Andrews, UK ("Cognition and Social Behaviour")
  • Dr. J. Schröder, Heidelberg, Germany ("Explicit Memory During Training: a fMRI Study in Normal Aging
    and Mild Cognitive Impairment")
  • Dr. H. Amieva, Bordeaux, France ("The 9-year cognitive decline before dementia of the Alzheimer type as described by the data of a french prospective population-based study")
  • Dr. P. Schönknecht, Heidelberg, Germany ("Neuropsychological Deficits and Cerebral Glucose Metabolism
    in Alzheimer´s Disease")
  • FD C. Lindholm, Helsinki, Finland ("Interaction in Conversations With and Among Elderly with Dementia")
  • Dr. J. Herkman, Helsinki, Finland ("Figurative Language Comprehension and Production in Dementia")
  • Dr. S. Pekkala, Helsinki, Finland ("Is Semantics Impaired in Alzheimer´s Disease - Evidence from Finnish Studies")

Time and Place

Time: Friday, June 24th 2005, 10 - 19 h
Saturday, June 25th 2005, 9 - 13 h

Adress: Zentrum für Neurowissenschaften
Albertstraße 23
D - 79 104 Freiburg i. Br., GERMANY

Registration Fees: 160.00 Euro

Banc Account:
"Neurolabor", Prof. Dr. Michael Schecker
Commerzbank Freiburg i.Br.
Account No. 15 21 293
in Germany: BLZ 680 400 07
IBAN: DE28 6804 0007 0152 1293 00

We kindly request registration for short oral presentations and posters by Tuesday, May 31st, 2005.
Participants without an active contribution (oral presentation/poster) should register by Friday, June 17th, 2005.

For further details please refer to our website www.neurolabor.de for updates of the program and latest information.

You can contact us as follows:

Neurolinguistisches Labor
Werthmannplatz 3, Postfach 225
D-79085 Freiburg


Fax +49 - (0)761 - 203 - 3233

We would like to ask you to inform your colleagues about our conference and to add this information to your mailing list.

With best regards
Ulrike Halsband
Michael Schecker