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Workshop & Public Forum

Pre-Meeting Workshop

Date: Sunday April 14th

Time: 09:00 – 11:00

Room: Salons G-H

Access: complimentary and available to registered attendees of ASN2024 only

Pre-Meeting Workshop TitleThe Role of Exercise in Improving your Brain: Aging and Neurological Diseases


Fay Bahling Horak, PT, MS, PhD: Dr. Horak is Founder and Advisor to the Balance Disorders Laboratory at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). She is the Jay Nutt Endowed Professor of Clinical Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology and Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience & Biomedical Engineering at OHSU. She is also Chief Scientist at APDM Precision Motion-Clario that provides wearable technology she helped to develop to measure mobility and neurological signs for clinical trials. Dr. Horak is a physical therapist and neuroscientist who is known for her research on the neurophysiology of balance and gait disorders in neurological patients and their rehabilitation. Dr. Horak received a BS degree in Physical Therapy from the U of Wisconsin, a MS in Neurophysiology from the U of Minnesota and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Washington in Seattle.  She has received many national awards and is the first physical therapist to receive a prestigious MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years of continuous research funding.  Dr. Horak has over 230 peer-reviewed papers, with over 60,000 citations and an h-index of 121.

Martina Mancini, PhD Dr. Mancini is co-Director of the Balance Disorders Laboratory at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is Associate Professor of Neurology and adjunct associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at OHSU. Dr. Mancini is a bioengineer focusing on the use of technologies to characterize and treat mobility impairments, such as freezing of gait, in people with Parkinson’s disease. She is investigating the neural correlates of mobility changes with technology-based approach for rehabilitation. Dr. Mancini received her BS, MS, and PhD in Bioengineering at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, and her post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at OHSU. Dr. Mancini has over 120 peer-reviewed papers, with over 10,000 citations and an h-index of 54.

The workshop will cover the following themes:

    • The benefits of exercise for brain neuroplasticity and preventing cognitive decline
    • Different movements and balance strategies involve different cortical areas
    • Movement activates cognitive brain areas
    • Balance is complex and involves many brain areas
    • Motor deficits in Parkinson’s disease are related to cognitive brain areas
    • Any kind of exercise changes your brain
    • Higher cognitive areas are involved in walking in Parkinson’s disease
    • Can exercise slow progression of Parkinson’s disease?
    • Can exercise change how the brain is used to control complex movements (like turning)?

Public Forum

Date: Sunday April 14th

Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Room: Salons G-H

Access: complimentary and open to all to attend

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Larry S. Sherman, Ph.D. is a professor of neuroscience at the Oregon Health and Science University, and co-author of Every Brain Needs Music (Columbia University Press). An enthusiastic piano player since age four, he has published widely on brain development, aging, and disease, and given hugely popular lectures on music and the brain throughout the world.


Every Brain Needs Music

The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music 

Whenever a person engages with music— when a piano student practices a scale, a jazz saxophonist riffs on a melody, a teenager sobs to a sad song, or a wedding guest gets down on the dance floor—countless neurons are firing. Playing an instrument requires all of the resources of the nervous system, including cognitive, sensory, and motor functions. Composition and improvisation are remarkable demonstrations of the brain’s capacity for creativity. Something as seemingly simple as listening to a tune involves mental faculties most of us don’t even realize we have.

This multi-media presentation explores all the ways we encounter music—teaching, learning, practicing, listening, composing, improvising, and performing—in terms of neuroscience as well as music pedagogy, showing how the brain functions and even changes in the process. Every Brain Needs Music draws on leading behavioral, cellular, and molecular neuroscience research as well as surveys of more than a hundred musical people. It provides new perspectives on learning to play, teaching, how to practice and perform, the ways we react to music, and why the brain benefits from musical experiences.

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