Neurodegenerative Disease (e.g. MS, Parkinson’s disease)
Neuroplasticity (includes neuroscience)
This Lecture Luncheon presents the cross-cutting research of Dr. Kirk I. Erickson on the effects of exercise training on brain volume and
function, and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease. His laboratory leads the field for providing compelling evidence that greater amounts of physical activity are associated with a reduced risk of dementia. His interventions using neuroimaging outcomes have reported that participation in physical activity increases the size of prefrontal and hippocampal brain areas, which may lead to a reduction in memory impairments. Widely awarded by the NIH, Dr. Erickson has published more than 165 peer-reviewed papers.