Van Der Meulen Symposium: Dementia Update

Event ID 32294

Helena Chui, MD, Course Director
CME Released: 3/23/16; Valid for credit through 4/01/17

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Target Audience

This activity was developed for neurologists, geriatricians, primary care providers, nurses and other health care professionals seeking to learn updates on Alzheimer disease.


The gap between dementia knowledge and dementia care is growing. Practicing neurologists and geriatricians will be interested in options for integrating new knowledge into their own best practices in a cost-effective way. Major scientific advances have been made in 1) the assessment and visualization of cognitive/behavioral networks, 2) the usefulness of molecular CSF and imaging biomarkers for etiological diagnosis, and 3) the identification of risk genes by screening the whole human genome which have implications for dementia diagnosis. So far there are only disease-modifying treatments for vascular dementia. There are only symptomatic treatments for neurodegenerative disorders. Yet, major changes are occurring in the health care delivery systems which require new models for patient-centered, cost-effective care.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • distinguish memory impairment due to compromise of the medial;
  • describe clinical circumstances where CSF examination, FDG PET, or amyloid PET scan may be indicated;
  • counsel patients and families on evidence-based symptomatic treatments;
  • order appropriate genetic tests for familial AD and FTD;
  • prescribe medications and life-style changes to reduce vascular risk; and
  • demonstrate how to refer interested persons for a clinical trial.

This CME activity is based on the slides and lectures presented by the faculty during the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Van Der Meulen Symposium: Dementia Update, on May 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Physicians – maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™ per module.

You will be issued a Letter of Completion for this activity.

Accreditation Statement

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit DesignationThe Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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