Leenaards Center for Memory

Areas of research

The Center for Memory’s research focuses mainly on the following areas:

  • The search for new cognitive or neurofunctional markers of pathological brain aging using different types of imaging (MRI, PET, EEG, and different experimental contexts). This research concerns:
    - A study of the influence of “non-modular” functions such as attention, executive functions and emotion on language.
    - Writing disorders in normal aging and neuro-degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s); the use of a common experimental framework (real-time recording of graphomotor and eye movements) which aim to better understand these disorders and improve their treatment.
  • The search for risk factors and aetio-pathogenic mechanisms through exploration of massive, multidimensional databases (cognition, imaging, genetics, metabolic) in collaboration with Human Brain Project (Prof. Richard Frackowiak) and a number of external partners (INSERM U825, CATI, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics).
  • Study of action semantic disorders in neurodegenerative diseases that affect the motor system (Parkinson’s disease and related syndromes).
  • Provision of innovative technologies that compensate for disabilities that affect language and memory: use of virtual reality tools.
  • Phase 2-3 diagnostic and therapeutic clinical trials to promote innovative techniques, therapeutic intervention or new medication to prevent pathological brain aging or slow the progression of confirmed illnesses.




 Last updated on 10/07/2019 at 13:48