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Gregorio Valdez, PhD
Brain Power: The Role of Exercise and Diet in Maintaining Healthy Synapses
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
101 Elm Avenue, SE, Roanoke, VA 24013
Dr. Valdez will present evidence on how exercise and diet help slow the mental and physical erosion that occurs with aging. A primary focus of his presentation will be the effect of such lifestyles on synapses, which are the sites of communication between neurons. He will draw examples from human and animal models to highlight how various brain and peripheral areas, including skeletal muscles, change through the different stages of life. He will also discuss strategies for discovering molecular factors that could be used as therapeutics for protecting the brain and the motor system.
About the Speaker:
The principal goal of Dr. Gregorio Valdez’s laboratory is to discover and manipulate molecules that promote normal development and maintenance of healthy synapses and that may promote repair of deteriorating synapses during injury and diseases.
Dr. Valdez joined the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute after a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. He earned his doctorate in neurobiology and behavior from Stony Brook University.