Cognition and the aging Brain

with Elizabeth Crocco, M.D., Rosie Curiel Cid, Psy.D., David Loewenstein, Ph.D., and Philip Harvey, Ph.D.

Sponsored by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Monday February 26
– Friday March 1, 2024

This course is offered in-person only.

Brain health is recognized as an essential part of successful aging. To promote longevity and quality of life, brain functioning across cognitive, socio-emotional, and behavioral domains allows a person to realize their full potential over their lifetime. The prevalence of cognitive disorders is increasing rapidly as people live longer. Reducing the risk of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) is as essential to the clinician as reducing hypertension and diabetes in reducing cardiovascular disease.
This course is designed to educate the practitioners and equip them with essential knowledge and state-of-the-art scientific methods to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) at its earliest stages and assist patients and their loved ones. Drawing on the presenters’ vast scientific and clinical expertise, the participants will be able to differentiate different cognitive syndromes and the etiological underpinnings of various clinical presentations. In addition, the participant will be familiarized with state-of-the-art neuropsychological and novel neuroimaging and plasma-based biomarkers methods to detect the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. This presentation will also provide essential information about emerging pharmacological agents in the treatment and management of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, identifying the importance of cultural diversity and the importance of working with family members.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:  

  • Differentiate between normal cognitive aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and clinical dementia;
  • Discuss how to identify the underlying brain disorders causing clinical cognitive impairment in older adults;
  • Identify the evidence-based, emerging brain biomarkers in cognitive disorders that help to diagnose at-risk older individuals for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD);
  • Identify the role of traditional and novel cognitive neuropsychological testing in early diagnosis of cognitive disorders in older individuals;
  • Differentiate Alzheimer’s Disease from non- Alzheimer’s Disease pathology;
  • Recognize those comorbid conditions that may result in differential treatment and outcomes in cognitively impaired older individuals;
  • Describe pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD);
  • List the emerging and promising agents in the treatment and management of early Alzheimer’s disease (AD);
  • Explain the understanding of cross-cultural factors in the diagnosis and management of older individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD);
  • Describe the promotion of brain health and longevity through evidence-based prevention.
February 26, 2024 
8:30 am – 9:00 am
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

“Normal Cognitive Aging” with Philip Harvey, Ph.D.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break 
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Risk Reduction in the Development of Clinical Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) with Philip Harvey, Ph.D.

February 27, 2024 
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Common Neurodegenerative Disorders in Older Adults with David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break 
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

New Breakthroughs in Cognitive Neuropsychological Assessment with David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

February 28, 2024 
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Guiding Practitioners in Identifying Individuals who are most at Risk for MCI and Dementia with Rosie Curiel-Cid, Psy.D.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break 
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Emerging Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease and Pre-Alzheimer’s Disease with Rosie Curiel-Cid, Psy.D.

February 29, 2024 
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Management of Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias with Elizabeth Crocco, M.D. and Rosie Curiel-Cid, Psy.D.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break 
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Diversity and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Neurogenerative Brain Disorders with Elizabeth Crocco, M.D. and Rosie Curiel-Cid, Psy.D.

March 1, 2024 
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

New Emerging and Promising Agents for Alzheimer’s Disease with Elizabeth Crocco, M.D.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break 
10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Treating the Family Constellation in Dementia with Elizabeth Crocco, M.D.

12:15 p.m.
Course Adjourns 


Meets Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Please note coffee is available during registration and a continental breakfast will be served at 10:15 am daily.

If special arrangements are required for an individual with a disability to attend this conference, contact Kim Miele at at least 15 days prior to the conference.

Physician, Nurse Practitioner, and Other Health Professional fees:
Registration fee is $1,095.

Residents, Fellows in Training, and Full-time Student fees are $695.
The fee for taking a second week is $750—and the processing fee (non-refundable) is $10. Registration by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) or check can be made through the University of Miami secure registration system.

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $100, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee, and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.

To register or view activity information online, visit:

We provide all attendees with completely free access to all slide presentations in digital PDF format prior to the conference. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and helps keep costs lower for all attendees. The e-syllabus will be available for 30 days after the conference. You can purchase a printed copy at the time of online registration for $35 for Dr. Pollak’s course and $55 for all other winter courses.

Please note we will not have hard copies of the syllabus available for purchase at the conference.

Meets Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Please note coffee is available during registration, and a continental breakfast will be served at 10:15 a.m. daily.

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine designates these live winter activities for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 15.00 CE credits will be awarded to psychologists for attendance at these seminars.

These activities have been submitted to ANA Massachusetts for approval to award contact hours. ANA Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please email

  • Psychopharmacology: A Master Class, Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D. 
  • Cognition and the Aging Brain, Elizabeth Crocco, M.D., Rosie Curiel, M.D., Phillip Harvey, Ph.D., and David Loewenstein, Ph.D. 
  • Essential Psychopharmacology, 2024: Practice and Update Barbara Coffey, M.D., M.S., Philip Harvey, Ph.D., Luca Pani, M.D., and Dhruti Patel, M.D. 

Mindfulness and Compassion in Clinical Practice: Enhancing Treatment Effectiveness and Personal Wellbeing, Susan M. Pollak, M.T.S., Ed.D. meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR) 

Social Workers
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By phone at 941-932-2671, Monday-Friday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (EST), or by email at

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine has assessed conflict of interest with its faculty, authors, editors, and any individuals who were in a position to control the content of this CME activity. Any identified relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated.

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine planners, content reviewers, and editorial staff disclose no relationships with ineligible entities. All the relevant financial relationships for these individuals have been mitigated.


All seminars are designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/ Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills



Elizabeth Crocco, M.D.

Clinical Professor and Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As the Medical Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience & Aging, Dr. Crocco oversees the coordination of the University of Miami Memory Disorder Clinic, all interdisciplinary teaching, and community outreach for Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias in Miami and the Florida Keys. As a clinician scientist serving the multi-ethnic population in South Florida, it has been central to her clinical practice and research to address health disparities by developing initiatives to improve access to geriatric services for underserved populations. She also has a significant role in both developing and testing novel neuropsychological and functional measures designed to detect Mild Cognitive Impairment and preclinical MCI leading to Alzheimer’s Dementia, as well as multiple clinical trials aimed at modifying its symptoms and disease pathology. She also serves as the Geriatric Psychiatry Training Director at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She facilitates the primary training and supervision of all geriatric psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents, medical students at the University of Miami, and other field physicians/health care professionals.


Rosie Curiel Cid, Psy.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She serves as Chief of Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neurosciences at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging. Dr. Curiel is also the Leader of the Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core of the 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. As a neuropsychologist with expertise in the assessment of neurodegenerative conditions among older adults at risk for diseases of the aging brain, Dr. Curiel Cid is the Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute on Aging entitled Precision-based Computerized Assessment for the Detection of MCI in Older Adults and is an active Co-investigator on various NIH-funded studies related to aging and cognition.


David Loewenstein, Ph.D.

Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a Director for the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging (CNSA) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Loewenstein serves as Associate Director for the 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and Leads the Clinical Core site at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers and has been a Principal Investigator on several NIH studies investigating and developing novel cognitive and functional measures for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other cognitive disorders of aging.


Philip Harvey, Ph.D.

Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; VA Senior Health Scientist; Recipient, Lieber Prize for Outstanding Schizophrenia Research, 2023; Recipient of first Schizophrenia International Research Society Clinical Scientist Distinguished Contributions award in 2012, the Alexander Gralnick Schizophrenia Research award from the American Psychiatric Foundation, the Department of Veterans affairs John Blair Barnwell award, and the Stanley Dean Award from the American College of Psychiatrists; Author of over 1,000 scientific papers and 60 book chapters; Editor-in-Chief, Schizophrenia Research: Cognition.


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