PIA Overview:

Nutrition, Metabolism and Dementia

Executive Committee 

Chair: Benedict Albensi
Vice Chair: Debora Melo-van-Lent
Programs Chair: Owen Carmichael
Communications Chair: Puja Agarwal
Student Representative: Vyshnavy Balendra
Student Representative: Wade Self
Student Representative: Aaron Smith 
Steering Committee Member: Fiona Harrison
Steering Committee Member: Jordyn Wilcox
Immediate Past Co-Chair: Cécilia Samieri
Immediate Past Co-Chair: Hussein Yassine 


There is an abundance of evidence that suggests nutrition and metabolism play a role in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s dementia. However, the field of study is particularly complex and inconsistencies in the literature make the development of sound public health recommendations a major challenge. This interest group will create a ‘hub’ at the Association to unite scientists and clinicians from both academia and industry who are interested in advancing the field.

PIA objectives:

  1. Develop and advance clinical and research applications of nutrition in Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
  2. Develop and submit dedicated research sessions on nutrition and metabolism for consideration at the AAIC annual meetings.
  3. Foster the development of consensus criteria for nutrition and metabolism research and interpretation of findings on AD and related disorders.
  4. Foster the creation of multi-study collaborations around nutrition and metabolism in AD and related disorders.


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