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Workshop on bilingualism and cognitive reserve and resilience

The NIA Division of Neuroscience and Division of Behavioral and Social Research are hosting the "Bilingualism and Cognitive Reserve and Resilience" Workshop on March 2-3, 2021. 

Videocast Recordings

View the videocast recording of Day 1

View the videocast recording of Day 2

Workshop Agenda

Note: All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Tuesday, March 2nd

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Welcome & Introductions, Matt Sutterer, Ph.D.

Richard Hodes, M.D., Director, National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Eliezer Masliah, M.D., Director, Division of Neuroscience, NIA

Lis Nielsen, Ph.D., Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, NIA

Matt Sutterer, Ph.D.; Molly Wagster, Ph.D., Division of Neuroscience

Jonathan King, Ph.D.; Dana Plude, Ph.D., Division of Behavioral and Social Research

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Overview: Cognitive Reserve & Resilience in Aging

Dan Mungas, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Davis, California, USA

Session 1: Bilingualism across the lifespan and its impact on reserve and resilience

Session Chair: Jon King, Ph.D.

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Beyond bilingual juggling: Hypotheses about the source of reserve and resilience

Judith Kroll, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California, USA

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Maybe, Sometimes, Bilingualism Also Selects for Executive Function Ability

Erika Hoff, Ph.D. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bilingualism, Brain and Development: A Neuroemergentist Perspective

Arturo E. Hernandez, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Onset of dementia in bilingual adults: Evidence for cognitive reserve

Ellen Bialystok, Ph.D., York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Discussion of Session 1, Moderated by Jon King, Ph.D.

1:30 p.m. Break

Session 2: Factors complicating the study of bilingualism and its impact on cognition and the brain

Session Chair: Dana Plude, Ph.D.

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Bilingualism and cognitive reserve: concepts, confounds and controversies

Thomas Bak, M.D., University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Deconstructing bilingualism and its sociocultural determinants for research on cognitive aging

Miguel Arce Renteria, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, USA

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Idiosyncratic linguistic features: potential impact in dementia and bilingualism studies

Boon Lead Tee, M.D., University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bimodal bilingualism, deafness, and aging

Karen Emmorey, Ph.D., San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Aging and Bilingual Language Control

Tamar Gollan, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Break

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Discussion of Session 2, Moderated by Dana Plude, Ph.D.

5:15p.m. Adjourn Day 1, Matt Sutterer, Ph.D.

Wednesday, March 3rd

Welcome and Announcements, Jon King, Ph.D.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Perspective: Is there a bilingual advantage?

Kenneth Paap, Ph.D., San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA

Session 3: Mechanisms by which bilingualism may drive neuroplasticity in the brain

Session Chair: Molly Wagster, Ph.D.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Structural neuroplasticity in the healthy bilingual brain and its relevance to healthy aging

Christos Pliatsikas, Ph.D., University of Reading, Reading, England, United Kingdom

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The complexity of bilingualism and its effects on neuroplasticity

John G. Grundy, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Neuroanatomical perspectives on bilingualism and aging

Jubin Abutalebi, M.D., University Vita Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Break

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bilingualism, reserve and resilience across dementia subtypes

Suvarna Alladi, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Bilingualism as a precursor for a cognitive reserve: What are the required premises?

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

1:30 pm - 2:00 p.m. Discussion of Session 3, Moderated by Molly Wagster, Ph.D.

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Final Discussion: Gaps and Opportunities, Moderated by Matt Sutterer, Ph.D.

3:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns, Jon King, Ph.D.