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2016 Fall Meeting
Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans
September 30 - October 01, 2016

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Spring Meeting Highlights

Mississippi Exec Angela Ladner with friends and members pausing for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hot chocolate provided by the hotel each night!  Yummy!! 

Dr. Dean Robinson receives special thanks from the membership for two great years of service as President

Dr. Lee Stevens is given appreciation for his service as Past President

Dr.  Lee Michals receives LSU Shreveport Excellence in Psychiatry Award for Graduating Residents-Fellows

Dr. Jill McCall is awarded the Resident-Fellow LSU New Orleans Excellence in Psychiatry Award

Dr. Veronique Haymon receives the Tulane Resident-Fellow Excellence in Psychiatry Award 

Not pictured is Dr. Jason Boudreaux who received the Resident-Fellow LSU Baton Rouge Excellence in Psychiatry Award.  Congratulations to all!

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  • Low Scores on Odor Identification Test May Predict Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

    At the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference yesterday, new evidence was presented suggesting that a low-cost smell identification test may be able to predict cognitive decline and the early onset of dementia in older adults.

    Past studies have suggested that decreased ability to identify odors is a predictor of cognitive decline. The current study, led by researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute, evaluated the usefulness of the 40-item University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) in detecting the transition to dementia and cognitive decline. 

    The researchers administered UPSIT to 397 older adults (average age of 80 years) from a multiethnic population in Manhattan, New York, who did not have dementia at the start of the study and were followed for four years. All participants received an MRI scan to measure the thickness of the entorhinal cortex, one of the first regions of the brain known to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Composite cognitive domain scores were derived from memory, language, and visual-spatial abilities.  

    At the four-year follow-up, 12.6% of the participants had developed dementia, and 19.8% had signs of cognitive decline. Low UPSIT scores—indicative of a decreased ability to identify odors—and entorhinal cortical thinning were significantly associated with the transition to dementia after adjusting for age, education, gender, language of UPSIT administration (English or Spanish), functional status, and intracranial volume....