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  Session Title Presenter
Module 1 Introduction to psychogeriatrics and delirium Dr. Julián Bustin
Module 2 Affective disorders Dr. Sergio Strejilevich
Module 3 Alzheimer's Disease: Diagnosis
Alzheimer's Disease: Considerations for Family and Caregivers
Dr. Mary Sano
Dr. Daisy Acosta
Module 4 Non-AD Dementias
Behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with dementia
Dr. Oscar Lopez
Dr. Jacobo Mintzer
Module 5 Psychotic symptoms in the elderly Dr. Marcelo Cetkovich
Module 6 Healthy brain Dr. Facundo Manes

Course instructors have outstanding international careers and are opinion leaders in their fields:

Julián Bustin, MD, MRCPsych
Dr. Julián Bustin graduated in the first class of the Faculty of Medicine of the Favaloro University with a Diploma of Honor. He did part of his rotating internship at the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in the United States and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Hospital Parmenio Piñero. After receiving the title of specialist in Psychiatry by the city of Buenos Aires, he continued his career in the United Kingdom for sub-specialty in Psychogeriatrics. There, he trained at Barts and The London Rotation Scheme where he obtained the title of specialist in Psychogeriatrics and Merseyside Rotation Scheme. He was appointed a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005.
Currently Dr. Bustin serves as head of Psychogeriatrics and the memory clinic in INECO. He has carried out educational tasks as an Assistant of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad Favaloro, psychological clinic and psychotherapies in the Faculty of psychology of the University of Buenos Aires and Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Bustin also taught Psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London and University of Liverpool students. Currently an Associate Professor of psychopathology in the career of psychology of the Universidad Favaloro, he has published numerous research articles in national and international journals, as well as edited and written different chapters and books within the specialty. Dr. Bustin actively participates in national and international conferences, where has received awards for oral presentations and posters.

Facundo Manes, MD,  PhD
Dr. Facundo Manes is a graduate doctor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina, and holds a master's degree in Sciences from the University of Cambridge, England. As a medical student, he received the "Neuroscience 1992" prize awarded by the medical Argentina Realizo Association of Neurology residency in FLENI. He trained in functional neuroimaging in the Neurorradiologa Department of the Massachusetts General Hospital of the school of medicine from Harvard University (Boston, USA) and performed the Neuropsychiatry fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, USA), where he was also Professor of Neuroanatomy and the Chair of Anatomy. Dr. Manes worked as a neurologist and clinical investigator in the departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and the unit of cognitive neuroscience, Medical Research Council, Cambridge, England.
Dr. Manes created and developed the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO) and the Institute of Neuroscience of the Favaloro Foundation. Both are leading the field of neuroscience in Latin America, becoming centres of international reference for research in cognitive neuroscience. He has published more than 200 original scientific papers in prestigious foreign magazines of his specialty, such as Brain, JAMA Nature Neuroscience, Neurology and chapters in international books on Neurology and several books. Dr. Manes has been awarded numerous important national and international awards. He is also Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of South Carolina, USA, Visiting Professor at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, President of the Latin American Division of the Society for Social Neuroscience and Neuroimaging consultant and Neuropsychology in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit of the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, England.

Jacobo Mintzer, MD, MBA
Dr. Jacobo Mintzer is the Executive Director of Clinical Research and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, at the Roper St. Francis Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute in Charleston, SC.  He is also a professor in the department of Health Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and a staff physician at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.  At MUSC,  he developed the Geriatric Psychiatry and Alzheimer’s research program in 1991, which includes inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services as well as a fellowship program.  Dr. Mintzer has been involved in clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease for the last 20 years.
In addition to being named a distinguished fellow with the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Mintzer has served on the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Council on Aging and is the former Chair of the APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Elderly. He was the Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2003 meeting of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) and served as President of IPA from 2011-2013. Dr. Mintzer’s clinical interests are concentrated on geriatric psychiatry and medicine, Alzheimer’s disease and psychopharmacology of Alzheimer’s disease, behavioral management of agitated demented patients, memory disorders, and mental health in the elderly as a function of ethnicity.
Dr. Mintzer earned his medical degree at the University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following an internship and a five-year residency at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine in Jerusalem, Israel, he completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of California in Los Angeles. Dr. Mintzer is fluent in five languages.

Mary Sano, PhD
Currently President of IPA, Dr. Mary Sano is a professor of psychiatry and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also serves as Director, Research and Development at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Dr. Sano is a neuropsychologist by training and has been involved in designing and conducting clinical trials for the treatment and prevention of cognitive loss and dementia. She has also directed the development of neuropsychological assessment as outcomes for clinical trials in Spanish speakers in the United States and has developed methods for standardizing cognitive outcomes in clinical trial assessment in Europe and Asia. Her work also includes the development of methodologies to assess cognitive function in the elderly with special needs such as Down syndrome.
Dr. Sano is a major contributor to both national and international organizations on the care and treatment of those with dementia. She is a member of the Prevention Research Work Group for the Healthy Brain Initiative sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Aging (NIA), an invited speaker at the NIA’s workshop on Methodological Issues in Randomized Clinical Trials in the Elderly and an invited panel discussant for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) on Inclusion of Individuals with Impaired Decision-making in Research. She is also the director of several National Institute of Health funded, multi-center clinical trials on prevention of Alzheimer disease. Dr. Sano has served as a reviewer for the NIA, National Center for Research Resources, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Sergio Strejilevich, MD
Dr. Sergio Strejilevich is medical psychiatrist graduated from the University of Buenos Aires having made the residence of Psychiatry at the Hospital Parmenio Piñero of Buenos Aires. He is currently Director of AREA, care and research of disorders of mood and Professor holder of the Institute of Neuroscience of the Universidad Favaloro in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr Strejilevich has held the position of President of the Argentinian Chapter of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, in which he is a founding member of the task force on seniors. He has recently been awarded the Mogens Schou Award.
Dr. Strejilevich has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books on his specialty, as well as newspaper articles about science. Currently his work is focused on the description of the clinical and cognitive course of bipolar disorder, and the factors that modulate it.
Dr. Strejilevich currently runs a web site devoted to issues of Psychiatry and focused on colleagues in the region ( ).

Daisy Acosta, MD
Dr. Daisy Acosta graduated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña (UNPHU) in 1977. After graduation, she worked the year required by the government in order to obtain the license to practice medicine in the country. She then decided to go to the United States to continue her studies and after passing all the required exams, she specialized in general psychiatry at Saint Francis General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
After completion of her training, she worked for 3 years in the US, at Woodville State Hospital, holding the position of Staff Psychiatrist and chief of the male acute admission unit. She also worked part time during that period, at the Buttler Community Mental Health Centre. In 1987, Dr. Acosta went back to her home country, where she established a private practice which is today, one of the largest practices in the care of patients with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias in the Dominican Republic.

Oscar Luis López, MD
Dr. Oscar Lopez is a 1980 graduate from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the UNLP. From 1987 to 1990 he developed tasks in Research at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center of the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lopez is currently the Director of the Center for Research of the Alzheimer's Disease in Pittsburgh.
From 2005 to the present he is Professor of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh; Professor of Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh; Head of the Cognitive Neurology and Behavior Division of the University of Pittsburgh from 2009 to the present.
He has taught several generations of students and medical residents at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Lopez
published the first integrative view and results of the clinical diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia, which directly addresses the controversy regarding whether this neuropathological entity can be identified ante-mortem, especially when living with Alzheimer's disease. In addition, he published the first study which links the presence of Lewy bodies in the amygdala with the development of major depression in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Lopez is co-author of the revised guidelines for the clinical and pathological diagnosis of Lewy Body dementia, as well as the guidelines of the American Heart Association for vascular cognitive impairment. He is conducting studies, as principal investigator and co-investigator, of the factors that modulate the transition from normal to MCI and dementia in relation to cerebral amyloid deposition. These studies examine how cardiovascular and cerebrovascular factors create a state of vulnerability for Alzheimer's disease and neurodegeneration.

Marcelo Cetkovich, MD
Dr. Marcelo Cetkovich graduated as a doctor of the Faculty of Medicine of the UBA. He immediately began his psychiatric training at the José T Borda Neuropsychiatric Hospital. He completed the Superior Course of Psychiatrists of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires, in the first chair of Psychiatry under Professor Carlos Márquez. While on staff at the Center for Biological Psychiatry, Dr. Cetkovich dedicated his activity to the diagnosis and treatment of endogenous psychoses (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders) and anxiety disorders. With his work group he participated in various studies aimed at glimpsing the biological bases of mental illness, whose results were presented in important international forums of Biological Psychiatry. He was president of the Argentine Association of Biological Psychiatry, and is the current scientific secretary of the Argentine Association of Psychiatrists (AAP).
Dr. Cetkovich had the opportunity to make specialization trips, having studied Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders with Prof. José A Yaryura Tobias in New York and the endogenous psychoses with Professor Helmut Beckmann in the University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Germany. He has devoted great efforts to the teaching activity carried out both at the University of Buenos Aires, and the Barceló and Belgrano Universities. Currently, he is the head of INECO's Department of Psychiatry, in which an ambitious program of assistance, teaching and research has been developed. He also serves as head of the Department of Psychiatry of the recently formed Institute of Neurosciences of the Favaloro Foundation.


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