Associations Between Organ Health and Brain Function, Preserving Brain Health: Costantino Iadecola, MD


The director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine spoke about preserving brain function through medical, sociopolitical, and educational efforts as part of his presentation at the 2023 AAN annual meeting. [WATCH TIME: 6 minutes]

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As you can see, the organs in the body can contribute to maintaining and damaging the brain maintain health or damage to the brain. We need the screening of processes to be more geared towards the peripheral organs as well because it can have a greater impact in preserving brain health. The point is that brain health is not dependent on a single factor."

The brain is a complex and vital organ in the body and has been thought to be primarily related to cognitive function. Recent research shows that peripheral organs, such as the stomach, lungs, heart, liver, and kidney, have a crucial role in maintaining brain health. The dysfunction of these organs even at the subclinical levels can increase the risk of cognitive impairment and neurological diseases.

Costantino Iadecola, MD, plans to present evidence of the causes of brain damage, including cognitive impairment in neurogenerative diseases, at the 2023 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting, April 22-27, in Boston, Massachusetts. He will present on the topic of brain health during a plenary session about advances in neurology on the last day of the meeting.

Iadecola recently sat down with NeurologyLive® in an interview prior to the meeting to discuss other factors that impact brain health, and particularly, organ dysfunction. He also talked about stomach health such as gut microbiota and its association to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). Iadecola, the Ann Parish Titzell professor of neuroscience and director of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine, additionally spoke about the different types of efforts that can be done to promote the preservation of brain health.

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