Authors: Barnes, Jill N. | Burns, Jeffrey M. | Bamman, Marcas M. | Billinger, Sandra A. | Bodine, Sue C. | Booth, Frank W. | Brassard, Patrice | Clemons, Tameka A. | Fadel, Paul J. | Geiger, Paige C. | Gujral, Swathi | Haus, Jacob M. | Kanoski, Scott E. | Miller, Benjamin F. | Morris, Jill K. | O’Connell, Kristin M.S. | Poole, David C. | Sandoval, Darleen A. | Smith, J. Carson | Swerdlow, Russell H. | Whitehead, Shawn N. | Vidoni, Eric D. | van Praag, Henriette
An inaugural workshop supported by “The Leo and Anne Albert Charitable Trust,” was held October 4–7, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona, to focus on the effects of exercise on the brain and to discuss how physical activity may prevent or delay the onset of aging-related neurodegenerative conditions. The Scientific Program Committee (led by Dr. Jeff Burns) assembled translational, clinical, and basic scientists who research various aspects of the effects of exercise on the body and brain, with the overall goal of gaining a better understanding as to how to delay or prevent neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, research topics included the links
…between cardiorespiratory fitness, the cerebrovasculature, energy metabolism, peripheral organs, and cognitive function, which are all highly relevant to understanding the effects of acute and chronic exercise on the brain. The Albert Trust workshop participants addressed these and related topics, as well as how other lifestyle interventions, such as diet, affect age-related cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. This report provides a synopsis of the presentations and discussions by the participants, and a delineation of the next steps towards advancing our understanding of the effects of exercise on the aging brain.
Keywords: Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, exercise, cardiorespiratory fitness, blood vessels, mitochondria, cerebrovasculature, neurotrophins, cognition
Citation: Brain Plasticity,
vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 153-168, 2022