Ageing with Brain Injury and its Association with Risk for Dementia

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Educational Objectives
  1. Explain how remote traumatic brain injury may be a risk factor for developing dementia
  2. Describe popular theoretical mechanisms linking traumatic brain injury to later-in-life dementia
  3. List the critical gaps in understanding a relationship between these two entities
  4. Identify potential adverse impacts related to aging in general, and how these relate to individual with brain injury.
  5. Identify and apply strategies and interventions to reduce risks for adverse impacts of aging after TBI.
  6. Evaluate peer reviewed and best practices information to address positive lifestyle options (sleep, diet, exercise, behavioral health) including resources on line.

Course Information
Target Audience:Intermediate
Availability:Date Available: 2021-04-07
You may obtain CE for this webinar at any time.
Offered for CEYes
CostMembers $20
Non-Members $30
Refund PolicyThis webinar is not eligible for refunds
CE Credits2.0


The later-in-life effects of traumatic brain injury has been a subject of debate over the past decade. Increasingly, the association between brain injury and risk of developing dementia has attracted media headlines, influencing the public’s perception about the later-in-life effects. Understanding aging with brain injury involves assessing multiple sources of information regarding typical and problematic aspects of aging. Complex interactions are increasingly understood among brain injury characteristics, such as type, severity and frequency of injury; individual characteristics such as age, gender and genetics; as well as environmental and lifestyle characteristics throughout the aging process.

In this advanced session, we will explore key scientific advances that have enhanced our understanding of ageing with brain injury and its relationship with risk for dementia. The session will aim to address several key questions: What does the scientific research suggest about traumatic brain injury being a risk factor for developing dementia? What mechanisms could be underlying an association? What research is needed to fill important gaps in understanding the later-in-life effects of traumatic brain injury?

We will also explore how recent scientific advances offer opportunities for strategies and interventions to reduce risk for neurodegenerative concerns, health issues, chronic pain and reduced quality of life.

  1. LoBue, C., Munro, C., Schaffert, J., Didehbani, N., Hart Jr, J., Batjer, H., & Cullum, C. M. (2019). Traumatic brain injury and risk of long-term brain changes, accumulation of pathological markers, and developing dementia: a review. Journal of Alzheimer's disease, 70(3), 629-654.
  2. LoBue, C., Cullum, C. M., Didehbani, N., Yeatman, K., Jones, B., Kraut, M. A., & Hart Jr, J. (2018). Neurodegenerative dementias after traumatic brain injury. The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences, 30(1), 7-13.
  3. LoBue, C., Woon, F. L., Rossetti, H. C., Hynan, L. S., Hart Jr, J., & Cullum, C. M. (2018). Traumatic brain injury history and progression from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer disease. Neuropsychology, 32(4), 401.


  • Munro Cullum, PhD is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of cognitive disorders. He is board-certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/ABCN) and serves as the Vice Chair and Chief of the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, where he holds the Pamela Blumenthal Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Psychology. He is the PI of the Concussion-Texas (ConTex) studies, serves as the Scientific Director of the Texas Alzheimer's Research and Care Consortium (TARCC) and is co-leader of Clinical Core Leader in the UTSW Alzheimer's Disease Center. He is a past-president of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology and the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the incoming President of the Sports Neuropsychology Society. He is actively involved in research, teaching, and clinical practice in neuropsychology. His research includes investigations into short and long term effects of concussion and early detection and differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative conditions of aging. His clinical research lab is also involved in cognitive test development and in telemedicine applications of neuropsychology.
  • ​​​​​​​Christian LoBue, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is a clinical neuropsychologist who researches the later-in-life effects of traumatic brain injury, which involves the potential risk associated with developing dementia and the underlying mechanistic processes. He also studies the implications of neuromodulation on neuropsychological deficits in neurodegenerative dementias. In addition to his research, he serves as a clinician and evaluates a wide-range of suspected or known neurobehavioral syndromes in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • ​​​​​​​Tina M. Trudel, PhD, is CEO/Clinical Neuropsychologist for Northeast Evaluation Specialists, providing assessment services throughout New England; and President of NES Assurance, a healthcare financial claims management company, and a behavioral health consultant to Optum. She has served as both a Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) Board member, and authored over 50 brain injury publications. Dr. Trudel is among the authors/editors of the Essential Brain Injury Guide 5.0, the text for the ACBIS certification program. A former clinical faculty member and post-doctoral supervisor in neuropsychology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine (2006-2009) and Dartmouth Medical School (2000-2005), she also chaired the ACRM Brain Injury Long Issues Task Force for a decade, and was honored with the NH BIA Ellen Hayes Award and the BIAA Founders Award for her volunteerism, advocacy, and professional work in the field. She was Site Director/Senior Scientist - Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center community re-integration model program in Charlottesville, VA from 2006-2013, and developed a national continuum of private brain injury inpatient and outpatient programs. Dr. Trudel has worked within the insurance industry, as a consultant to private equity firms, and has testified in state and federal courts and before Congress, regarding rehabilitation, neuropsychology and brain-related conditions.​​​​​​​