In the United States, one in nine people aged 65 years and older is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. There is an increased prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease among individuals that are socioeconomically disadvantaged. During this Research 411 Talk Show, Dr. Gagan Wig, associate professor in the school of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas, discusses his Alzheimer’s Disease research and how lifestyle and environmental factors play a role a role in the disease’s progression.

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Dr. Wig is an Associate Professor in the Center for Vital Longevity and School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, and in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Wig earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, followed by post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis with the Human Connectome Project. Dr. Wig’s research uses functional and structural imaging to measure the organization of human brain networks, specifically focused on understanding how brain networks change across the adult lifespan in both health and disease. Dr. Wig’s recent work is determining how changes in an individual’s socio-economic environment and lifestyle interact with their brain network organization to predict their resilience and vulnerability to cognitive decline. Dr. Wig’s research is supported by grants from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF).