Martin Arguin, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Montreal
Start date: June 1st, 2022
A major goal of current research on dementia is to discover early markers that are predictive of future cognitive decline due to progressive neurological disease, such as Alzheimer’s. This purpose of early detection is to enable the early deployment of protective and/or preventative measures designed to delay or block further neurological degeneration. Large clinical databases that comprise broad longitudinal information on the evolution of a substantial group of individuals over time offer an interesting potential in this regard. In particular, such databases permit researchers to contrast the antecedents of patients who eventually develop cognitive decline to those who do not and thus possibly uncover early markers of various types or conjunctions thereof which may be used to assess the probability of individual patients to develop dementia in the future.