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Overview of Neurodegenerative Dementias

presented by Kimiko Domoto-Reilly MD

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What are neurodegenerative dementias and why is it important to be able to identify different dementia subtypes? This course answers these questions and prepares participants to accurately recognize different dementias and ultimately provide superior therapeutic management of dementia for patients. The course begins by overviewing the basic concepts needed for diagnosis of neurodegenerative dementias, as well as the clinical assessment for dementia. The course also provides a review of basic brain anatomy and function, and explores normal and abnormal findings on structural (MRI) and functional (PET) brain scans. The course concludes by describing specific patient case examples and discussing the implications of neurodegenerative dementia on continuing therapeutic care.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Kimiko Domoto-Reilly MD, MMSc

    Kimiko Domoto-Reilly completed her neurology residency and fellowship training at the joint Harvard program based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She then served as a clinical and research staff neurologist in the MGH Frontotemporal Dementia Unit. Dr. Domoto-Reilly joined the University of Washington in 2014, and sees patients at the Memory & Brain Wellness Clinic. She conducts research in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center as well as the Integrated Brain Imaging Center, with a focus on multimodal imaging in frontotemporal degeneration spectrum diseases.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Diagnosis of Dementia

    1. Diagnosis of Dementia

    What is dementia? The first chapter of this course describes dementia and the pathologic progression of neurodegenerative dementia including key terminology and components of the clinical diagnosis of dementia.

  2. Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging

    2. Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging

    This chapter provides the participant with important context on brain anatomy and function, including views of normal and abnormal brain scans.

  3. Case presentations

    3. Case presentations

    What does the progression of neurodegenerative dementia look like in clinical practice? This chapter applies the principles outlined in the first two chapters via four detailed case examples.

  4. Summary & Considerations for Continuing Care

    4. Summary & Considerations for Continuing Care

    So why bother? This chapter summarizes and concludes the course by providing key considerations and rationales for continuing care in patients experiencing neurodegenerative dementia.