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Professional Education

Instructors: Christopher H. van Dyck, MD, Amy F. T. Arnsten, PhD, Pradeep Varma, MD, Arash Salardini, MD, Alexander Vortmeyer, MD, PhD

Dates: September through June, one to two times per month

Day and Time: Fridays 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Place/Site: ADRU, One Church Street, Suite 600, 6th floor.

Recommended Years: This elective is regularly attended by PGY5 Geriatric Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine Fellows. It is also intended for interested Residents, Fellows, and other students/trainees.

Description: Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia and exacts a formidable emotional and financial toll on patients, caregivers, and society. This elective will review the neurobiology, clinical features, and pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease will also be discussed with sessions on other etiologies of dementia, including Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Vascular Dementia. The neuroanatomic substrates and routine clinical assessment of geriatric cognitive disorders will be introduced. Majorclinical syndromes, including amnesic disorder and Alzheimer’s dementia, will be illustrated via videotaped interviews.


Please Contact: Christopher van Dyck at 203-764-8100 or