Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Decline of Aging Aviator Performance
The primary purpose of this study is to apply state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI) techniques to measure changes over time in the brain.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||MRI and Decline of Aging Aviator Performance|
|Study Start Date:||November 2002|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2012|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
We expect that MRI and MRSI techniques will be a useful adjunct in research efforts to understand individual differences in performance of a complex attention-demanding task, such as flying a plane or driving a car. Other predictors of change in performance of a complex task may include simple tests of processing speed and working memory, past training and recent practice of the task, and genetic risk factors for degenerative brain disease. In this project, we will examine whether baseline MR measures are as useful as longitudinal MR measures in predicting amount of change over time in task performance.
This research is part of a long-term effort to achieve earlier identification of individuals at risk of decline and ultimately minimize loss of function.
|United States, California|
|VA Palo Alto Health Care System|
|Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304|
|Principal Investigator:||Joy Taylor||Stanford University|