"Concussions and their lasting effects upon mental health, neural degeneration and human longevity"
Dr. Andrei Irimia (USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California)
Wednesday, March 28th, 5:00 PM; Burns Lecture Hall (RM B31); Keck Science Center
Abstract: Concussion—also known as mild traumatic brain injury—is a type of head injury which is frequently associated with headaches, memory impairment, sleep disturbances and/or mood changes. Because most of these symptoms resolve within weeks, it was initially argued that concussions had no long-term health consequences. Throughout the past ten years, however, evidence has been mounting that concussions can lead to a substantial increase in the risk for anxiety, clinical depression and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. Although elderly victims are thought to be more vulnerable to such complications, there is much concern that concussions can impact youths’ neural development, that they can accelerate brain aging and reduce human lifespan. This presentation will first summarize up-to-date knowledge on how concussions can affect human health, and then showcase findings from our own lab which suggest that these brain injuries may cause persisting disruptions in the structure and function of brain circuitry.
Burns Lecture Hall is located in the basement of the W.M. Keck Science Center, which is located on the corner of N. Mills Ave. and 9th St. Burns Lecture Hall is wheel chair accessible.
Thomas B. Borowski, Ph.D
Pitzer College IRB Chair