Making Menopause Metabolic Across Multiple Memory Systems

April 4, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Seminar Title: Making Menopause Metabolic Across Multiple Memory Systems 

Presenter: Dr. Donna Korol, Associate Professor, Biology Department, Syracuse University

Donna L. Korol joined the Department of Biology as an Associate Professor in August 2012. Her interests in aging extend to the community where she has conducted continuing education colloquia on Geriatrics for Non-Physicians and developed and taught courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  Education initiatives, public engagement and community outreach indeed define many of Dr. Korol’s extended activities. Professor Korol’s research focuses on the shifts in neural plasticity across the lifespan and under certain conditions such as changes in hormonal status, cognitive activity, and physical fitness.  An overarching goal of her work is to understand the molecular and cellular processes that contribute to healthy aging and to pathological brain aging including Parkinson’s disease. Recent work from her lab indicates that motor deficits seen in a rat model of Parkinson’s disease are accompanied by enhancements in some forms of memory that could be tapped for therapeutic purposes.  She has published dozens of papers and has had funding from NIH, NSF, and private industry. Together, Dr. Korol’s research program has important implications for maintaining brain function across aging in health and disease.

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We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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