Superageing: The secrets to maintaining exceptional memory into your 80s

Professor Bryan Strange discussed recent evidence from his own research regarding the factors associated with maintaining exceptional memory ability in people over 80 years old.

Event held on Wednesday 29th of September 2021 – 6:30pm BST on Zoom.

About this event

Professor Strange gave an introduction to the Neuroanatomy of human memory followed by a description of a longitudinal cohort being studied in Madrid.

In addition to the research that he is doing in Madrid, Bryan included in his talk his experiences in Colombia and the impact Colombian research is having on understanding dementia.

About the Speaker

Bryan Strange ,MRCP MBBS PhD BSc (Hons) completed the M.B.-Ph.D. programme at University College London in 2004. His Ph.D., conducted at the Functional Imaging Laboratory, Institute of Neurology, London, under the supervision of Ray Dolan and Karl Friston, argued for a functional dissociation between anterior and posterior hippocampus in humans. Subsequently, alongside clinical work in general medicine and neurology, he continued to study memory in humans, with particular focus on the effects of emotion on memory formation. Currently he holds a research Professorship at the Centre for Biomedical Technology (CTB) Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

He started his own laboratory in 2011, the Laboratory for Clinical Neuroscience CTB-UPM, and in 2014 became director of the Department of Neuroimaging, Reina Sofia Foundation Centre for Alzheimer’s Research in Madrid. His laboratory employs a multi-modal approach combining functional brain imaging techniques with patient lesion data, pharmacology, genetics and human intracranial recordings to study human medial temporal lobe functions. In 2014 he published a new model of hippocampal function, alongside the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in the same year. In 2018 he was awarded a European Research Council grant of €2,000,000 to characterise human subcortico-cortical neuronal circuit dynamics associated with enhanced episodic memory for salient stimuli.

Bryan has been involved in 57 published papers, 18 of which as first author, in well-known journals including Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications, Science Advances and Journal of Neuroscience.

Press coverage has included Science, ‘Neuroscience. Predicting memories’, Economist, ‘Emotion and memory: Thanks for no memory’, Scientific American ‘The Amnesia Gene: Why some people are more likely to forget traumatic events’, Nature ‘Zapping the brain can help to spot-clean nasty memories’, New Scientist ‘Anaesthetic blunts painful memories recalled before you go under’.