‘Your brain needs exercise – two kinds.”

Memory Foundation talks with Dr Jian Guan about her research into exercise and how – and why – it helps to slow brain ageing.

Brain ageing has four main causes and here Dr Jian Guan talks about one of them – exercise – and the impact it has on the way the brain ages. Find out what kinds of exercise you need to do to keep your brain young, alert and growing, no matter what your age is.

You might be surprised by how much (or how little?) physical exercise you need!

Dr Jian Guan, from the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, is an expert in nutrition, brain ageing and its causes.

Read more about Dr Jian Guan MD, PhD

https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/j-guan         During the last 18 years, Jian’s research has been largely focused on understanding the biological function of insulin-like growth factors following brain injury and in chronic neurological conditions in neonatal, infant, young adult and aging brains. More recently she has been investigating the effects of nutrition on brain development, premature aging and cognitive function. She has extensive experience in designing animal based experiments and models, behavioral testing, neuronal anatomy, neurobiology and pharmacology. Her research has resulted in 170 publications with high reference index (H-index 21), indicating the novelty of her research field.             Collaborations: Dr J-Y Wen, School of Pharmacy, The University of Auckland, on peptide formulation           Dr J Perry, Liggins Institute, on the role of neuropeptides in angiogenesis                Professor R Faull, Centre for Brain Research, The University of Auckland, on white matter degeneration in Huntington’s Disease         Professor C Vorhees, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, on developmental neuroscience