NEWS | August 29, 2018

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center hosts brain health lecture as part of series on Sept. 6


Rachel Whitmer from UC Davis will present “Brain Health: Looking Back to Move Forward” as part of an ongoing lecture series focused on healthy brain aging and dementia prevention. The lecture will take place Thursday, Sept. 6 at the UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The event is free but reservations are required.

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Whitmer is a professor in the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences and chief of the UC Davis Division of Epidemiology. She also leads the Population Science of Brain Health Laboratory. Whitmer’s research focuses on using epidemiological methods to reduce inequities in brain aging in racial and ethnic minority groups, those with diabetes, and individuals age 90 or older. She is the principal investigator of four National Institutes of Health-funded cohort studies on brain aging.

Whitmer will discuss risk factors to reduce dementia over one's lifetime and how living a healthy lifestyle early on can positively impact cognitive aging. Whitmer will also address the concept of brain health as a lifetime pursuit, the importance of conducting studies in diverse populations, and the launch of the U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER) trial in early 2019. U.S POINTER is the first multi-domain behavioral intervention trial to reduce cognitive impairment funded by the Alzheimer’s Association.

The sixth and final lecture in the series will feature Denise Park, distinguished professor of behavioral and brain sciences at the University of Texas on Oct. 11.

For additional information, please visit or call 916-734-5728. To register for the event, visit and search “UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center.”

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The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of only 27 research centers designated by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging. The center's goal is to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and treatment for patients while focusing on the long-term goal of finding a way to prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease. Also funded by the state of California, the center allows researchers to study the effects of the disease on a uniquely diverse population. For more information, visit