Cognition and PD: What You’ve Always Wanted to Know But Were Too Afraid to Ask

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Asking about the cognitive effects of Parkinson's can be one of the toughest topics to bring up with your doctor. What should you and your family know and for what situations should you be prepared?  How can you talk to your doctor about these issues?  Find out the answers to these questions and more when Alexander I. Tröster, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents a one-hour PD ExpertBriefing on the topic.  Dr. Tröster will take questions from online participants during the second half of his presentation.

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Alexander I. Tröster , Ph.D. , Professor, Neurology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Co-Director, National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence


Dr. Alex Tröster is a Professor of Neurology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the co-director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence where he has a busy clinical practice.

His current research interests include the role of the basal ganglia in cognition, neuropsychology of cognition and emotion in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, and the neuropsychological and quality of life effects of deep brain stimulation.  Current projects include examining the effect of dopamine agonists on working memory, the characterization of memory and verbal fluency deficits in Parkinson’s disease, and intraoperative stimulation to study the role of basal ganglia in expressive language and predict language changes after deep brain stimulation.

A recipient of the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s early career achievement award and award for scientific contributions to clinical neuropsychology, Dr. Tröster has edited a book on memory disorders and authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific and medical journal articles and numerous book chapters.  He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Neuropsychology, Brain and Cognition, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and Neuropsychology Review, and as a reviewer for more than 30 other scientific and medical journals.  He has been an invited lecturer at meetings in Europe and Asia. 

Dr. Tröster belongs to a number of professional societies, including the International Neuropsychological Society, the National Academy of Neuropsychology (fellow), the Movement Disorders Society, the American Psychological Association (fellow), and the American Academy of Neurology. He is President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.  He served as the co-chair of the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Policy and Planning Committee and on the American Psychological Association’s Division of Clinical Neuropsychology Practice Advisory Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee.  Dr. Tröster has served as the chair of the scientific program committee for the National Academy of Neuropsychology twice, and on several committees of the International Neuropsychological Society.  He was a member of the National Institutes of Health Workgroup on Cognition and Emotion in Parkinson’s Disease and the Deep Brain Stimulation Consensus Group of the Movement Disorders Society and Congress of Neurosurgeons.  He served on the Movement Disorder Society committees for the assessment of psychosis and the assessment of cognition, its Task Force on Mild Cognitive Impairment and on the Parkinson Study Group’s scientific review committee.

Dr. Tröster has served as a consultant to several companies, including Medtronic, ANS/St Jude and Boston Scientific, in the design, conduct, and evaluation of deep brain stimulation trials for movement disorders, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Tröster received his doctorate in clinical psychology and neuropsychology from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University.

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This series has been made possible by educational grants from AbbVie, Inc., Sunovion and Lundbeck LLC.

It is designed in collaboration with Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS); Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS); Michigan Parkinson Foundation (MPF); the Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF); Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC); Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR); Parkinson's Association (PA) and Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana (PSCKY).