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Alzheimer's disease expert at USC conference


Published on 27 June 2012

27 June 2012

An eminent American psychiatry professor who co-invented the first brain imaging technology to detect the physical evidence of Alzheimer’s disease in living people will speak at a conference presented by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Gary Small of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) will be a keynote speaker at the 1st Biennial Australian Conference on the Brain and Learning, to be held in Brisbane from 13-15 July.

Named by Scientific American magazine as one of the world’s top innovators in science and technology, he has authored hundreds of scientific works and six popular books including the New York Times bestseller, ‘The Memory Bible’.

Dr Small’s research has included the first direct studies of how new technology affects human brains as people age, which helped shape his best-selling book entitled ‘iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.

USC Associate Professor in Education Dr Michael Nagel, who will chair the conference at the Sofitel Hotel, said delegates would have access to leading thinkers, researchers and practitioners in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, child development and education.

Other speakers will include a clinical psychologist who specialises in autism spectrum disorders, a professor of education who is an expert on children’s language development and playful learning, and a professor of criminology.

Associate Professor Nagel said the conference theme, Building Healthy Minds, aligned with USC’s teaching strengths in areas such as Psychology, Education and Nursing Science.

“Presenting this conference will help build our University’s reputation and give those who work with children and young people access to some of the world’s leading experts in their fields,” he said.

It aims to be the southern hemisphere’s answer to the prestigious Brain Development and Learning Conference held every two years by the University of British Columbia in Canada.

The USC conference will explain how cutting-edge research in neuroscience, psychology, education and health can apply to people who work with children.

Julie Schomberg

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