Professors Monica Fabiani and Gabriele Gratton, along with Professor Frini Karayanidis from the University of Newcastle in Australia, have received a grant from the Australian Research Council to study the relationship between arterial health and cognition in older adults. Professors Fabiani and Gratton have designed and patented an optical imaging technology that can non-invasively measure the health of the arteries in the brain. Using this technology, they have previously observed a relationship between arterial health and cognition in older adults. With this grant they seek to further understand this relationship by asking whether engaging the prefrontal cortex, an area sensitive to aging, can result in improved arterial health in that same region.
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