Instructor: Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, DACNB, DACBN, FACN

General Schedule: Livestream on May 22 – 23, 2021 from 9am – 5pm (Pacific time)

Location: Online livestream and On Demand video replays after the livestream

Credit Available: 12 hours with successful completion of 2 exams. See complete credit information HERE.

Course Description

This course will provide an extensive literature review of the neurophysiology and neuropathology of cognition. A detailed review of lifestyle, dietary, and nutritional applications that may impact cognitive function and or delay the onset of dementia will be presented. A comprehensive review of how to evaluate cognitive function and dementia risk factors with imaging studies, laboratory tests, physical examination neurocognitive tests, and medical history will be presented. A step-by-step approach in evaluating the stages of cognitive decline and clinical strategies to develop lifestyle, dietary, and nutritional applications will be presented.

Learning Objectives

  1. A comprehensive review of the neurophysiology and neuropathology of cognitive decline and dementia
  2. A review of the scientific literature for risk factors that promote dementia
  3. A review of the scientific literature for nutrients, dietary approaches, and lifestyle applications that impact cognitive decline and dementia.
  4. Clinical history and physical examination considerations with cognitive decline
  5. Clinical approach to managing cognitive decline with diet, nutrition, and lifestyle

Cognitive Decline and Dementia Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications

Part 1

9 am – 10:30 am: The Neurophysiology and Neuropathology of Cognition

  • The neurology of cognition
  • The neurochemistry of cognition
  • The neuropathology of cognitive decline
  • Mechanisms of dementia

10:30 am – 11 am: Break

11 am – 12:30 pm: The Physiological Web of Cognitive Decline

  • The neuroendocrine-immune and vascular vicious cycles of dementia
  • The role of the microbiome in dementia
  • The role of the immune system and neuroglia in dementia

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm – 3 pm:  Diet, Lifestyle, and Risk Factors that Impact Cognitive Decline

  • Literature review of dietary approaches that impact cognitive decline
  • Literature review of lifestyle factors that impact cognitive decline
  • How to evaluate dietary and lifestyle risk factors for cognitive decline

3 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Environmental and Pathogenic Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline

  • The pathogenic model of dementia and cognitive decline
  • The role of environmental chemicals and dementia
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Review of Part 1

4:45 pm – 5 pm: Questions and Answers for Part 1

Part 2

9 am – 10:30 am:  Nutraceuticals that Impact Cognitive Function

  • Literature review of nutraceuticals that impact cognition
  • Physiological mechanisms of nutraceuticals and cognition

10:30 am – 11 am: Break

11 am – 12:30 pm: How to Perform a Comprehensive Evaluation for Cognitive Decline

  • Medical history, physical examination, and laboratory images used to evaluate cognitive decline
  • Review of cognitive questionnaires and assessment forms

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm – 3 pm: How to Clinically Manage Patients Suffering from Cognitive Decline

  • How to develop dietary, lifestyle, and nutritional strategies to improve cognition and reduce risk factors for dementia

3 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:  Cognitive Decline Clinical Case studies

  • Clinical principles learned from case studies

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Review of Part 2

4:45 pm – 5 pm: Questions and Answers for Part 2