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Ever wondered how your brain grows? Join us this evening to discover how languages and brain tangles shape the mind!
How Language Shapes the Infant Brain
Rebecca Rey (Post-doc (UBC))
There are periods during development when the infant brain is extremely sensitive to environmental experience. During these periods, early language experience shapes life-long perception and supports language acquisition. New research has illuminated what opens and closes these periods of environmental sensitivity in the brain, leading to the possibility of re-opening these periods in adulthood.
Towards a screen for dementia: Would you take a test if it were available?
Cheryl Wellington (Dr. Professor (UBC))
Dementia is the only major age-related disease that is increasing in prevalence and that has no effective treatment. Dementia typically manifests after age 65, but brain changes can begin 20 years before symptoms manifest. New breakthroughs now set the stage for a possible blood test that may correlate with brain changes in very early dementia. This interactive and lively presentation will describe what we know about dementia biomarker tests, and discuss the value of such a test to society