Sarah Tom is an epidemiologist and demographer who studies women’s health and aging from a life course perspective. Her research focuses on modifiable risk factors for health outcomes, including insomnia medication use and Medicare Part D policy. Sarah completed her BA in economics, PhD and MA in demography, and MPH at the University of California, Berkeley.
In this talk, Dr. Tom will discuss “Reserve” which refers to the ability to buffer against brain pathology. Early life is a critical time of brain development and may have implications for later life reserve. The talk will outline plans to clarify the relationship between early life environment and later life cognitive and neurological outcomes using data on socioeconomic position over the lifespan, adult cognitive performance, autopsy-based neuropathology, and dementia diagnosis from population-based datasets.