Discussing the intersection of mTBI and Alzheimer’s: Insights with Dr. Hank Paulson

February 12, 2024


By Dayne Hopkins

We kicked off the new year with our first Concussion & Cocktails featuring Dr. Henry (Hank) Paulson, the Lucile Groff Professor of Neurology and Director of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC). Dr. Paulson dove into the intersection of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and Alzheimer’s, along with other neurological diseases.

He provided a comprehensive overview of the Michigan ADRC, shedding light on its pivotal role in cutting-edge research, and went on to explore the connections between dementia and traumatic brain injury, offering insights into key areas of ongoing research. Notably, he shared that his team actively participates in multi-site national studies focusing on non-amyloid processes, vascular dementia, cognitive resilience, and other areas.

The talk also touched upon the historical evolution of dementia, offering insights into the journey from the 1830s to the present day. Dr. Paulson walked us through the complexities of the field, illustrating how our understanding of dementia has evolved over almost two centuries.

A highlight of Dr. Paulson’s discussion included the ADRC’s “Beyond Amyloid” initiative, which underscores the importance of investigating factors contributing to cognitive impairment in underrepresented and underserved communities. Additionally, the initiative emphasizes the development of nonpharmacological, noninvasive approaches to treating Alzheimer’s disease, showcasing a forward-thinking approach to neurology research.

The event concluded with an engaging conversation between Dr. Paulson and center members, accompanied by catered hors d’oeuvres—a signature touch of the center’s Concussion & Cocktails events.