Name: Ryan Stein
Supervisor: Teresa Liu-Ambrose
Tell us a little bit about your lab!
The Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Health Lab, directed by Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, focuses broadly on defining the role of targeted exercise training and physical activity to improve the health and quality of life of older adults. In particular, our research program aims to optimize function among those most vulnerable to both physical and cognitive decline, such as those with cognitive impairment and dementia. The Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Health Lab collaborates extensively with colleagues in Psychology, Neurology, Geriatric Medicine, and Epidemiology.
What project are you currently working on?
The project I am working on is a randomized control trial which studied the effects of computerized cognitive training (CCT) and exercise on cognitive function in community dwelling older adults. For my MSc thesis, I am interested in whether participating in CCT or CCT and exercise was associated with changes in cortical structure, specifically, in the anterior cingulate cortex and frontoparietal regions of the brain. With my research, I hope to expand upon the current understanding of how the brain responds to lifestyle interventions, such as cognitive training and exercise, to guide future studies with the goal of promoting long term cognitive health and healthy aging.
What do you like to do outside of academia?
In my free time I can usually be found in the outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, snowshoeing, canoeing, and generally enjoying all BC has to offer. I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen learning new recipes with fresh ingredients from my garden.
Congratulations Ryan on being our featured Student of the Month for October! Interested in seeing what else our Rehabilitation Sciences students and trainees are working on? Stay tuned for our next feature!