University of Arizona Assistant Professor of Medicine Corinne Self, MD, will present on “Understanding Lewy Body Dementia”—a common form of dementia that affects cognitive functions for organization and planning as well as visual-spatial areas—at the next talk in the Advances in Aging Research Lecture Series, Monday, Oct. 10, noon-1 p.m., in Kiewit Auditorium, University of Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson.
The lecture series is hosted by the UA Center on Aging and UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine. The lectures are free and open to the public, and a light lunch is served.
What are LBDs?
Lewy body dementias (LBD) are the second most common form of degenerative dementia, just behind Alzheimer’s disease and affect an estimated 1.4 million individuals in the United States. LBD is an umbrella term for dementia associated with presence of Lewy bodies (abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein) in the brain, and for Parkinson’s disease dementia, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Lewy bodies are named after the German doctor who first identified them. Researchers don't have a full understanding of why they appear, or how they contribute to dementia. They have been linked to low levels of important chemicals (acetylcholine and dopamine) that carry messages between nerve cells, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Since LBD symptoms can closely resemble more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it currently is widely underdiagnosed. Many doctors or other medical professionals still are not familiar with LBD, acknowledged Dr. Self.
“Interestingly, this type of dementia does not affect memory to the same degree as Alzheimer's type dementia, so it often goes overlooked,” Dr. Self said. “It’s the visual spatial areas as well as organization and planning abilities that are affected. Like other forms of dementia, though, it does result in a gradual decline in cognitive abilities and independent function.”
More information on Lewy body dementia (LBD) is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more details about the lecture, including continuing medical education (CME) credits available to health-care professionals, download and share the flyer at http://deptmedicine.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/advances-in-aging_cme_flyer.october.2016.pdf
Dr. Self’s presentation also can be viewed live online on Oct. 10 at https://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu/event/index.cfm?id=26913
Archived presentations, including previous lectures in this series, are available about one week following the live event at http://streaming.biocom.arizona.edu/categories/?id=5
About Dr. Self
A geriatrician by training, Dr. Self joined the faculty in the UA Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine in the UA Department of Medicine this summer. She earned her medical degree from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, where she also completed her residency in internal medicine. She did her fellowship in geriatric medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif. She is board-certified in both internal and geriatric medicine.
Dr. Self holds geriatric consultation clinics on Tuesday afternoons at the Adult Medicine Physician Offices at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., and on Thursday mornings at the Banner – UMC South Adult Health Services Clinic, 2800 E. Ajo Way. To schedule a patient appointment with Dr. Self, call 520-694-8888. (Physicians who would like to make a referral to her should call Banner Physician Resources, 520-694-5868 or, outside of Tucson, toll-free 1-800-524-5928.)
For questions or suggestions for the Advances in Aging Research Lecture Series, please contact Rachel Peterson, MA, MPH, senior health educator and CDC Healthy Brain Research Network Scholar, UA Center on Aging, 520-626-5808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the UA Center on Aging
The mission of the University of Arizona Center on Aging (ACOA) at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson is to enable older adults to live healthy and functional lives through coordinated programs in research, education, outreach and patient care. Established in 1980 as one of a network of Long Term Care Gerontology Centers authorized by the Older Americans Act, the ACOA was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents as a Center of Excellence at the UA Health Sciences in 1991. It is affiliated with the Division of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine within the UA Department of Medicine. For more information, visit www.aging.arizona.edu
About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: http://uahs.arizona.edu