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International Conference about Cortical Dementias

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.


Thursday, June 23rd 2005
19.00 h Social Event / Reception

Friday, June 24th 2005
10.00 h Welcome: Prof. Dr. H.-J. Schiewer, Deutsches Seminar I
Neurolinguistic Laboratory & Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology,
University of Freiburg

Chair: Peter Nestor,
Cambridge, UK

10.15 h Peter Nestor, Cambridge, UK:
MCI Stage of AD – Insights from PET

11.15 h Klaus Schmidtke, Freiburg, Germany:
MCI – Conceptual Issues and Follow-Up Studies

11.30 h Armin Scheurich, Mainz, Germany:
Cerebral Ultrastructural Changes in MCI: Functional Relevance and Diagnostic Utility

11.45 -12.00 h Coffee Break

12.00 h Johannes Schröder, Heidelberg, Germany:
Explicit Memory During Training: a fMRI Study in
Normal Aging and MCI

12.15 h Panteleimon Giannakopoulos, Geneva, Switzerland:
Searching for Predictive Markers of Cognitive Deterioration in the Elderly: Lessons from Structural and Functional Imaging

12.30 h Henrike Wolf, Leipzig, Germany:
Is MCI preclinical AD?

12.45 h Béatrice Desgranges, Caen, France:
Neuropsychology and Cerebral Imaging in MCI Patients

13.00 – 14.45 h Lunch Break

Chair: Stefan Teipel,
Munich, Germany

14.45 h Stefan Teipel, Munich, Germany:
Neuroimaging and CSF Markers of AD

15.45 h Peter Schönknecht, Heidelberg, Germany:
Neuropsychological Deficits and Cerebral Glucose Metabolism in AD

16.00 – 16.30 h POSTER SESSION / Coffee Break

16.30 h Bernd Ibach, Regensburg, Germany:
Constrasting Metabolic Impairment in Frontotemporal Degeneration and AD

17.30 h Johannes Pantel, Frankfurt, Germany:
Neurophysiological Correlates of Structural MRI Findings in AD and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

17.45 h Cornelius J. Stam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands:
EEG /MEG Signal Analysis in Relation to Dementia

18.00 h Hans Förstl, Munich, Germany:
Antidementives. Effects and Side-Effects

18.15 h Round Table

19.30 h Departure for Dinner

Saturday, June 25th 2005

Chair: Amit Almor,
Columbia, USA

9.00 h Amit Almor, Columbia, USA:
Words, Sentences, and Disorders in AD

10.00 h Michael Hüll, Freiburg, Germany:
Language Deficits in Cortical Dementias

10.15 h Jarmo Herkman, Helsinki, Finland:
Figurative Language Comprehension and Production in Dementia

10.30 h Costanza Papagno, Milan, Italy:
Dysexecutive Symptoms in AD

10.45 h - 11.00 h Coffee Break

11.00 h Seija Pekkala, Helsinki, Finland:
Is Semantics Impaired in AD – Evidence from Finnish Studies

11.15 h Bénédicte Giffard, Caen, France:
Semantic Deficits in AD. Clues from Semantics Priming Effects

11.30 h Camilla Lindholm, Helsinki, Finland:
Interaction in Conversations With and Among Elderly With Dementia

11.45 h Arlene Astell, St. Andrews, UK:
Cognition and Social Behaviour in AD

12.00 h Hélène 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

12.15 h Closing Words

Neurolinguistisches Labor
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Werthmannplatz 3
Postfach 225
79085 Freiburg i. Br.