SAN2016 Blog

Coffee & Cosy Style Invited Talk / Eating and the brain: Food for thought

Conference chair Panos Bamidis introduces Prof. Per Moller in a cosy style talk to end Day 2 of the SAN conference. Everyone is invited to enjoy this talk while drinking some ouzo and snacking. What are those mysterious cones that Prof Per so casually treats us to but prefers that we did not open until he says so?

Basic tastes! Sweet, sour, salty, bitter & umami --> not the sole determinants of the tast of foods. Can we re-create the taste of oranges and chocolate by a clever mixture of these basic tastes?

Concluding remarks in Cognition and Behavior in Neurodegenerative Disorders Symposium

Prof. Sokratis Papageorgiou has the last word at the Cognition and Driving symposium summarizing the previous very interesting talks and sharing with us his personal experience with an accident (elderly involved).

To drive or not to drive? This should not be the question in question. Further evaluation is the answer though.

Does the diagnosis of AD or MCI implies immediate revocation of a driving licence?
-No, provided that a number of parameters are monitored.

Behavioral - neuropsychiatric predictors of driving behavior

Dr. John Papatriantafyllou takes the floor to open with an obvious but often overlooked remark. Over 25% of traffic accidents involve alcohol and this percentage scyrockets to over 40% of lethal accidents in young adults.

Among psychiatric disorders identified on police records after driving accidents dementia is prevalent but suicidal tendencies should not be overlooked either. Patients with psychiatric disorders drive fewer miles/ year but are involved in twice as many accidents. 

Prediction of driving behavior in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment or mild Alzheimer's disease

Prof. Alexandra Economou says it is imperative to identify drivers at risk without restricting those who are not in risk, in order to balance accident risk and maintain mobility and independence. An evaluation of multiple domains associated with driving performance is necessary. Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patient's cognitive impairments undermine their ailitty to draw on experience to detect and anticipate hazards. Global measures of cogntive decline and dementia are not sensitive enough in this aspect and cognitive screening of older driving does not lead to safer driving.

Bedside Assessment of Conscious level

This talk presented by Nathan Intrator covered an important and sensitive topic about bedside brain monitoring. A great combination with neurofeedback training. A central goal is to create a portable base that combines cognitive and emotional, executive , effect of medications, feedback stimulation, alerts observations and statistical analysis.

Neurocognition of vascular risk factors-the long and winding road towards dementia

 A wonderful presantation from Dr. Arno Villringer concerning important risk factors of white matter lesions and cognitive deficits.This presentation  demonstrated that obesity and hypertention are neurobehavioral disorders that affect cognitive function, memory and brain stucture. These  factors are associated with Alzheimer desease and other cognitive impairements. The main point is that adequate exercise , sleep, education and general life style changes are important to treat these risk factors. 

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