USC Finch Alzheimer’s Disease Symposium

November 8, 2019

8:00am – 4:25pm

Gerontology Auditorium
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
3715 McClintock Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90089


The Finch Alzheimer’s Disease Symposium features presentations on basic and clinical science related to Alzheimer’s disease. Please RSVP by filling out the form below.

Program Schedule

8:00-8:30 Check-in and coffee
8:30-8:35 Welcome Sean Curran
8:35-8:45 Introductory remarks Hussein Yassine
8:45-9:25 Plenary lecture:

Frank LaFerla

Developing the Next Generation of Animal Models for Late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease
9:25-9:35 Introduction to theme AD Mechanisms: Christian Pike
9:35-9:45 Oral presentation:

Shaowei Wang

Enhancing ABCA1 activity rescues ApoE4 aggregation
9:45-9:55 Oral presentation:

Terri-Leigh Stephen

APOE Genotype and sex affect TREM2-dependent microglial interactions with amyloid plaques in EFAD mice
9:55-10:05 Oral presentation:

Razi Riyaz

Impact of Interleukin-10 signaling inhibition on microglial response to amyloidosis
10:05-10:20 Coffee break
10:20-10:30 Introduction to theme APOE and Genetics: Michael Rafii
10:30-10:40 Oral presentation:

Amin Haghani

Environmental influences on gene networks of cognitive aging: how sex and ApoE interact with ambient air pollution (AAP) and cigarette smoke (CS)
10:40-10:50 Oral presentation:

Ashley Martinez

Interaction between Obesity, Brain HDL, and ApoE4 Genotype in Cerebral Amyloidosis
10:50-11:00 Oral presentation:

Brock Pluimer

Genetic interaction of PICALM and APOE in Alzheimer’s disease
11:00-11:10 Oral presentation:

Brendan Miller

Mitochondrial DNA variant C2639T is an APOE4 resilience factor.
11:10-1:20 Lunch and Poster Sessions Poster session
1:20-2:00 Plenary lecture : Paul Aisen AD therapeutic research: where do we stand?


2:00-2:10 Introduction to theme AD Imaging: Judy Pa
2:10-2:20 Oral presentation:

Daniel Albrecht

Associations between cerebral blood flow and amyloid and tau PET binding in AD-specific regions: Findings from 2 independent cohorts
2:20-2:30 Oral presentation:

Joey Contreras

CSF Interleukin-8, a key signaling factor for inflammation, is associated with functional connectivity and executive function
2:30-2:40 Oral presentation:

Shai Porat

Structural Integrity of the Locus Coeruleus and its Ascending White Matter Tracts
2:40-2:50 Oral presentation: Jianhang Zhou Correlation between hippocampal cornu ammonis 1 thickness and default mode network connectivity at rest in non-demented older adults.
2:50-3:05 Coffee break
3:05-3:15 Introduction to theme AD Clinical and Translation: Mara Mather
3:15-3:25 Oral presentation:

Isabella Cordova

DHA Brain Delivery Pilot Study: A randomized clinical trial
3:25-3:35 Oral presentation:

Kwok Im

Th17 T cells exacerbate cerebral amyloidosis in Alzheimer’s disease
3:35-3:45 Oral presentation:

Su Jeong Kim

Mitochondrial-derived peptide, SHLP2, a novel protective factor in Parkinson’s disease
3:45-4:05 Closing lecture:

Caleb Finch

The AD Exposome
4:05-4:25 Concluding remarks and announcement of presentation awards Helena Chui