Doctoral student Ms. Theresa Smith will represent the University of Maryland School of Public Health at the Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference in Auckland, New Zealand this summer. Ms. Smith, who studies kinesiology under assistant professor Dr. J. Carson Smith, researches the effect of exercise on neural connections in Alzheimer’s patients.
Ms. Smith will be presenting new research that finds after following a 12-week exercise regime, patients with mild cognitive impairments had increased connectivity in their Default Mode Network (DMN) brain regions, which are responsible for cognitive tasks involving autobiographical memory retrieval. The study asserts increased physical activity may help delay the loss of neural connectivity in DMN regions, and may abate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Universitas 21 is the leading global network of world-class, research-intensive universities. The Graduate Research Conference: Celebrating Aging Research will be held July 1-4.