Perioperative Cognition and Delirium
Chairs: Lis Evered and Esther Oh
There is considerable clinical evidence that anesthesia and surgery independently cause cognitive decline, known as Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD). There is also a large body of laboratory evidence demonstrating an association between anesthetic agents and Alzheimer's disease neuropathology. An increasing number of elderly people are requiring surgery and anesthesia, many of whom will have, or be at risk of, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer's disease. This PIA seeks to encourage communication and collaboration and combine research expertise, to improve cognitive outcomes and informed choices.