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Aging Too Soon? Premature Brain and Biological Aging in Bipolar Disorder

With Dr. Lisa Eyler

YouTube Video

People with bipolar disorder suffer from more age-related physical illnesses and live shorter lives than those without the disorder, leading to the idea that bipolar disorder is a condition that affects the whole body and involves an acceleration of the normal aging process.  Immune and inflammatory pathways may be involved in the altered course of aging in bipolar disorder. In this talk, Dr. Eyler will review evidence for altered brain aging in BD and for changes in aging-related inflammatory pathways. She will present data from her own magnetic resonance imaging study of brain aging which used multiple measures of brain structural and functional integrity to create a “brain age” prediction for each participant. She will also present initial results from her ongoing longitudinal study of inflammation, mood, and cognition in BD. The implication of these findings for treatment and prognosis will be discussed.


Eyler, L.T. (Producer). (2017). Aging Too Soon? Premature Brain and Biological Aging in Bipolar Disorder [Video webinar]. Retrieved

     from http://ibpf.org/article/aging-too-soon-premature-brain-and-biological-aging-bipolar-disorder

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