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MICCN Distinguished Lecture Series with Dr Joel Kramer - The myth of cognitive decline (Monash Staff and Students Only)


16 March 2017


Speaker: Dr Joel Kramer, Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology
Director of Neuropsychology, Memory and Aging Centre
University of California, San Francisco

Title: The myth of cognitive decline

Date: Friday 17 March 2017

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (followed by a light lunch)

Venue: Room 653, 18 Innovation walk (formerly Building 17)

All Monash Staff and Students are welcome.


Declines in memory and other cognitive skills have long been associated with aging. Several longitudinal studies, however, highlight the fact that cognition remains quite stable in a subgroup of elderly. This presentation will explore some of the possible biological factors that influence the ways in which cognition might change with age.


Dr. Kramer is a Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology and the Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program. He earned his doctorate in psychology at Baylor University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Martinez VA hospital. Dr. Kramer is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Kramer has been extensively involved in studying the cognitive changes associated with brain disorders for the past three decades. He has co-authored widely used neuropsychological measures of memory and executive functioning. Much of his work has been devoted to identifying the different ways in which aging and neurodegenerative diseases affect memory and other abilities and in utilizing these differences to improve differential diagnosis in clinic. Presently, Dr. Kramer's active areas of research use neuroimaging, neuropsychology, neuroimmunology, and genetics to study the underlying biological mechanisms of cognitive aging, the cognitive effects of cerebrovascular disease and frontotemporal dementia, and the relationships between cognitive functioning, behavioral control, and reward systems.