Bryce Anthony Mander

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Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2008, Neuroscience

Phone: 949-824-6742

University of California, Irvine
Irvine Hall, Room 109
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Disorders, Cognitive Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory, Neurodegeneration
Academic Distinctions
Dr. Mander received his PhD in Neuroscience at Northwestern University, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley. His research is concerned with characterizing the role of sleep in cognitive function and overall brain health across the human lifespan in both healthy populations and populations at risk for neurodegenerative disease.

Dr. Mander’s recent published work utilized a multimodal neuroimaging approach to quantitatively triangulate relationships between sleep quality, brain structure and function, Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology, and episodic and procedural memory in healthy older adults. Specifically, he has conducted targeted research that revealed that age-related decrements in quantitative measures of non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep oscillations, including slow waves and sleep spindles, contribute to memory decline in older age. These relationships are statistically mediated by the influence of these sleep oscillations on the functioning of the hippocampus in support of facilitating novel encoding and the long-term retention of episodic experiences and procedural skills.

Another critical focus of Dr. Mander’s work is to elucidate the mechanisms explaining why some older adults show more disrupted sleep than others. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, he has shown that regionally-specific degeneration of white and grey matter in the brain predicts the topographically-specific disruption of NREM slow waves and sleep spindles in cognitively normal older adults. Using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, he has further shown that, in cognitively normal older adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, the degree of accumulated Alzheimer’s disease pathology (e.g. ß-amyloid and tau pathology) disrupts quantitative properties of NREM sleep oscillations in a manner that appears distinct from that observed in normal aging. This is particularly important, because identifying preclinical biomarkers of increased Alzheimer’s disease risk will support targeted early interventions to prevent the emergence of Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, all of this work supports the emerging hypothesis that sleep disruption mechanistically contributes to the initial pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease and to the cognitive impairment associated with its progression. For this collective work, Dr. Mander has received the Wayne A. Hening Sleep Medicine Investigator Award from the American Academy of Neurology, which emphasizes work revealing critical novel links between neurology and sleep medicine. He also received an award for Excellence in Research on Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders from the Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dr. Mander is currently involved in multiple collaborative projects both at University of California, Irvine and at other academic institutions around the world. These collaborations include longitudinal studies, in multiple distinct populations at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, tracking relationships between changes in quantitative sleep measures, brain structure and function, cortical ß-amyloid and tau burden, cardiovascular health, and memory in healthy older adults. He is also involved in studies aimed at characterizing the clinical biomarker potential of quantitative sleep measures, as well as the efficacy of sleep interventions to boost cognition in older adults with Alzheimer's disease pathology. The ultimate goal of his research program is to characterize how and when sleep interacts with neurodegenerative pathology and medical disorders to impact dementia risk, and to determine if sleep interventions can effectively promote healthy cognitive aging in older adults with or at risk for neurodegenerative dementias.

Professional Societies: Sleep Research Society, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Society for Neuroscience, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment, American Academy of Neurology
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