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2017 Season

William Jagust - Memory, The Aging Brain, and the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Friday, November 3, 2017

6 pm

Dr. William Jagust is a Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His career has entailed the use of multiple methods of imaging the brain to understand brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and the borderland of these two processes. His early work pioneered in the study of glucose metabolism using PET scanning in brain aging and dementia, and he was among the earliest investigators to use MRI to measure how brain structure changes with age. 

Over the past several decades, new tools have been developed for understanding brain function, structure and chemistry. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has enabled us to understand how the brain forms memories, explaining a complex neural system that works together to encode experiences so that they can be later remembered. This system can experience dysfunction as we age. Some of this dysfunction appears to occur normally as part of the aging process and some may reflect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the deposition of 2 proteins in the brain: beta-amyloid and tau. We can now detect these proteins during life using PET scanning. This talk will review our state of knowledge about memory function, how it becomes disrupted with aging, and how memory is affected by the beta-amyloid and tau proteins. These imaging studies open the door to the potential for early and effective treatments of Alzheimer’s disease

Past Speakers


  • Dr. Cristal Glangchai- From Stand-up to Start-up: Growing Girl Techies and Entrepreneurs

  • Scott Manley – Can You Learn Rocket Science from Video Games?

  • Dr. David Grinspoon – Earth in Human Hands: A Cosmic View of our Planet’s Past, Present and Future

  • MJ Marggraff - Far and Away: Going Beyond Earth Without Going Crazy

  • Christopher McKay - Life on Mars: Past and Future
  • Dr. Robert Knight - Insights into Human Behavior from Neurological Patients
  • Scott Hutchins - Novel Science: The Making of A Working Theory of Love
  • Peter H. Gleick - The Future of Water for California and the World
  • Ed Finn - How to Build a Dream Machine
  • Steven Shepard - From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Human Capability
  • Bill Nye - Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
  • Will Wright - Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
  • Tom Atchison - Founder & Chairman, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
  • Carl Haber - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Physicist and MacArthur Genius Award Winner
  • Edward Moses - Director of Fusion Science and Applications Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Alexander Rose - Executive Director of Long Now Foundation and Clock Project Manager
  • Ray Jayawardhana - Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics
  • Jim Capobianco, Derek Thompson & Kevin O'Brien - Pixar Animation Studios
  • Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon - Astrobiologist
  • Dr. Alex Filippenko - Astrophysicist
  • John Romero & Brenda Brathwaite Romero - Game Designers
  • Robert Weiss - President of Xprize & Entertainment Movie Producer
  • Brian David Johnson - Author and FutureCaster at Intel
  • Ben Burtt - Sound Director, Designer & Engineer for LucasFilms/Pixar
  • Bill Nye the Climate Guy - Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, and Inventor
  • Ray Jayawardhana - Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics
  • Dr. Michio Kaku - Bestselling Author and Popularizer of Science
  • Mary Roach - Columnist and Popular Science Writer and Author
  • Bill McKibben - American Environmentalist and Writer
  • Al Worden - Apollo 15 Astronaut
  • Edwin F. Erickson, NASA Ames Research Center (retired)- NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Program