Monash Biomedical Imaging Seminar: Imaging neuroinflammation in neurodegenerative diseases

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Event Details

Date:
12 July 2018 at 12:30 pm – 12 July 2018 at 1:30 pm
Venue:
Monash Biomedical Imaging Auditorium
Campus:
770 Blackburn Road, Clayton
Open to:
Staff and students
Cost:
Free
Categories:
Engineering; Medicine, Nursing, Health Science; Science; Seminars & Workshops

Description

Abstract

Activation of immune-responsive cells in the brain, called ‘neuroinfammation’ is a common feature of many degenerative brain illnesses, including Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is little understanding of the link between in vivo neuroinfammation, brain atrophy, and disease progression. Advances in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques offer new opportunities to quantify and track these immune responses and their consequences in the living human brain.

In this seminar, Dr Ian Harding will introduce the concept of chronic  neuroinfammation as a self-perpetuating mechanism that can drive neuropathology. He will also discuss in vivo PET and MRI neuroimaging techniques that are sensitive to these processes, and present preliminary data using these techniques from a cohort of individuals with Huntington’s disease.

Biography

Dr Ian Harding is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) and Monash Biomedical Imaging. Dr Harding’s expertise is in using human MRI and PET neuroimaging to investigate markers and mechanisms of neurological disorders, with a focus on cerebellar and subcortical degenerative diseases. He heads the Dementia, Ageing, and Neurodegeneration research stream at MICCN, and is co-convener of the Monash University Dementia and Neurodegeneration Research Network.

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