2023 Seed Grant
Rebekah C. Evans, Ph.D.
Dementia Society of America Seed Grant
Exercise is important for the health of the body and the mind. Exercise promotes learning and reduces symptoms of brain-related diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is not known how exercise changes the brain to enhance function. Previous studies have found changes in the brain after weeks of exercise, but currently we don’t understand how those changes take place during exercise. Dr. Evan’s lab are using cutting-edge neuroscience tools in mice to examine the brain cells that are active during exercise and compare them to the brain cells that are not active during exercise. This is an important first step in understanding how exercise protects the brain in disease conditions and maximizes its function in healthy conditions.