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Congratulations to Dr. Benedict Albensi, recently appointed as Vice Chair to the Nutrition, Metabolism, and Dementia professional interest area (PIA) for the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART)/Alzheimer’s Assoc. – USA.

While there is an abundance of evidence suggesting nutrition and metabolism play a role in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s dementia, the field of study is particularly complex, and inconsistencies in the literature make the development of sound public health recommendations a major challenge. The PIA Albensi has joined will create a hub at the Alzheimer’s Association to unite scientists and clinicians from both academia and industry who are interested in advancing the field.

The PIA’s goals include:

  1. Develop and advance clinical and research applications of nutrition in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
  2. Develop and submit dedicated research sessions on nutrition and metabolism for consideration at the AAIC annual meetings.
  3. Foster the development of consensus criteria for nutrition and metabolism research and interpretation of findings on AD and related disorders.
  4. Foster the creation of multi-study collaborations around nutrition and metabolism in AD and related disorders.

Albensi was also recently appointed to the Manitoba Brain Injury Association Board (MBIA) which works to educate all Manitobans towards the prevention of acquired brain injury, and offer help and hope to individuals and families living with the effects of brain injury.

Albensi is the Principal Investigator Synaptic Plasticity and Cellular Memory Dysfunction Lab, Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders at St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre; Professor Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences; Manitoba Dementia Research Chair and Everett Endowment Fund Chair.