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​CRADLE Connects: In conjunction with BrainConnects 2018 on the Science of Learning in the Aging Brain.

Published on: 22-Jun-2018

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BrainConnects 2018 – Science of Learning in the Aging Brain was held in conjunction with CRADLE Connects on 22 June 2018. This year's BrainConnects marked the fifth annual workshop dedicated to the promotion of aging neuroscience and informatics to neurotechnologies in the Asia Pacific region. The primary objectives of the workshop included the development and sharing of methods and technologies for delaying and modulating cognitive and physical decline in aging or pathophysiologic changes in older adults. Specifically, the 2018 workshop aimed to address strategies that can help develop effective neuromodulation methods for physical and cognitive intervention towards successful aging, as well promote the collaborations of investigators across Pacific Asian countries in which aging of the societies are rapidly progressing.

More than 100 individuals registered for the event, and we welcomed participants from various parts of the world including, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, United Kingdom. BrainConnects also facilitated the exchange of ideas among colleagues across LKC, NIE, the various NTU schools and research centres, and fellow researchers from the National University of Singapore.

Chaired by Prof. Annabel Chen, BrainConnects 2018 talks were organized into three subthemes/sessions (aging neuroscience, network modeling of the aging brain, and cognitive neuromodulations in aging) and a session where three researchers were given the platform to share their research. In total, 13 established researchers were invited to speak and share their research at the meeting. They not only shared their expertise in the study of age-related brain changes, but also discussed technological advances in examining changes in aging brains and reported findings from novel programs designed to maintain or improve cognition. All workshop participants had a chance to engage with and discuss the formation of potential collaborations with experts and budding researchers in the field.

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