January STEM CafĂ© explores breakthroughs in Alzheimerâs research
Imagine that while walking through your neighborhood you could remember everything about your house â the address, the color, the reflecting ball in your garden â but you couldnât remember how to get home.
This neurological impairment is called spatial disorientation, and itâs the reason that people with Alzheimerâs disease frequently get lost in their own homes and neighborhoods.
At the next STEM CafĂ©, Doug Wallace will share his research into the spatial disorientation observed in Alzheimerâs patients and discuss new therapies and early interventions that could improve the lives of those who are newly diagnosed.
This free talk and discussion with the audience will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Eduardoâs Restaurant, 214 E. Lincoln Hwy. in DeKalb.
Wallace, an associate professor of psychology at NIU, says that patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) frequently get lost in familiar environments, which can lead to episodes of wandering.
âWhile spatial disorientation continues to be a critical issue in the management of individuals suffering from AD, limited research has been conducted to examine the neural basis of this symptom,â Wallace says. âMy research on spatial disorientation investigates the relationship between neural systems and navigational strategy.â
The STEM CafĂ© series is just one of STEM Outreachâs many engaging events to increase public awareness of the critical role that STEM fields play in todayâs rapidly changing world.
For more information, contact Judith Dymond at (815) 753-4751 or email@example.com.