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Cogstate iPad Cognitive Assessments Selected for Use In Phase IV Observational Study of Approved Treatments for Prostate Cancer

November 19, 2015

Cogstate Ltd (ASX: CGS), leaders in the measurement of cognition in clinical trials, is pleased to announce that their iPad-based computerized cognitive assessment technology has been selected for use in a multicenter Phase IV observational study to assess the tolerability of two approved drugs for the treatment of Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC). Supporting the […]

A Cognitive Stress Test: Scopolamine And The Groton Maze Learning Test

August 26, 2015

Early identification of cognitively normal older adults who are in the preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease Researchers in the ongoing search for possible treatments of Alzheimer’s disease are starting to blend different hypotheses of its causes. One such theory, known as the cholinergic hypothesis, proposes that the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine becomes disrupted in […]

Study Indicates Rate of Beta Amyloid Accumulation Associated With Rate of Decline in Memory

June 23, 2015

As researchers gain greater understanding of the many processes that give rise to the dementia Alzheimer’s disease, they begin to appreciate relationships and linkages between changes in brain chemistry and brain biology and how such changes manifest in behavior. Combining an understanding of the physiological changes with behavioral changes helps establish the order of causality […]

Early Research Suggests Ketamine Does Not Cause Neurocognitive Decline In Children

April 2, 2015

Used as an inexpensive, easy to administer anesthetic for years, the drug ketamine has been in the news lately for two related uses. While the World Health Organization has named ketamine to be an “essential medicine” that should be available to all health systems, it is also being abused by recreational drug users as a […]

Join B. Smith In Her Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

March 20, 2015

Last November, on the day before Thanksgiving, Dan Gasby thought he had seen the last of his wife, Barbara Smith, better known as B. Smith, model, restaurateur and host of the popular home-living TV show “B. Smith with Style”.  Smith, 65, who recently announced she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was reported missing when she […]

Baby Boomer Brains Need Physical And Cognitive Training

March 17, 2015

The largest generation of people born in U.S. history is reaching several milestones of aging. Last year, the youngest of the Baby Boomer generation, the 77 million people born between 1946 and 1964, turned 50 while the oldest are just a year away from age 70. Over the next 15 years, about 8,000 Americans per […]

Connection Found Between Anxiety, Amyloid and Cognitive Change

February 2, 2015

As we grow older, most of us have plenty on our minds that can cause some level of anxiety at times.  Worries about our family and career are part of a normal life.  However, when those feelings reach a certain level, they may combine with other changes in the brain to accelerate cognitive disorders such […]

Presence of APOE Gene Accelerates Cognitive Decline In Preclinical Alzheimer’s Patients

January 28, 2015

The influence of our unique genetic maps on our health future is revealing more clues as researchers discover the connections between individual diseases and underlying gene alleles.  For Alzheimer’s disease, we are learning that genetics can either speed up or slow down the cognitive decline that beta amyloid plaques can cause in the brain. By […]

Dr. Paul Maruff To Present New Research At CTAD 2014

November 28, 2014

Kicking off today in Philadelphia, the 7th Annual International Conference on Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) will gather more than 600 global researchers to review the most important and promising developments in Alzheimer’s and Dementia research. This year’s meeting will feature over 50 oral presentations and 70 poster sessions on Phase 2 and 3 […]

Research Shows BDNF Slows Cognitive Decline In Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease

October 28, 2014

In the search for the causes of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), most researchers have agreed that an abnormal level of beta-amyloid, protein plaques in the brain that disrupt neuronal communications, will lead eventually to decreased memory and thinking abilities in otherwise healthy adults, which themselves are the harbinger of ultimate progression to dementia. While it was […]

Research Links Cognitive Impairment With Work Productivity In MDD Patients

October 8, 2014

Evidence of cognitive impairment in patients suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD) has grown recently as new research shows that episodic memory, learning and executive functions can also be affected by the condition. At this week’s ISCTM Autumn Conference in Boston, Cogstate scientists presented their findings of a subtle relationship between cognitive decline and decreased […]

REM Sleep Disorder May Predict Future Cognitive Impairment

September 28, 2014

For most of us, our nighttime dreams make for fun recall and interpretation in the morning. The vivid, movie-like scenes include our movement through a virtual world once we reach the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep.  So that we don’t actually act out those dreams physically, our brains normally put our muscles into […]

Research Supports Use Of Computerized Cognition Test For Older Adults

August 25, 2014

As we inevitably age, we know our overall health needs to be monitored for changes over time.  Tests for blood pressure, cholesterol and vision are just a few of the accepted, routine practices that are part of a normal physical examination at the doctor’s office. However, when it comes to the brain, our most important […]

Research Finds Cognitive Decline In HIV-Positive Patients Similar To General Population

July 31, 2014

One of the many unfortunate side effects of living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can be cognitive impairment if the virus attacks the patient’s brain cells.  Under the umbrella label of HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND), HIV patients may notice symptoms affecting their attention, memory, language, problem solving and decision making skills. Previous research […]

CPAL Test Shows Growth Of Associate Learning In Children

July 21, 2014

One of the cornerstones of a child’s learning development is the ability to make connections between objects, both tangible and abstract.  From learning the face of their mother to constructing phrases with nouns and verbs to discovering that the color red on a stoplight means to stop, being able to recall logical pairings from memory […]

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