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10th Edition of International Conference on Neurology and Brain Disorders

October 21-23, 2024

October 21 -23, 2024 | Baltimore, Maryland, USA
INBC 2023

Yang Du

Speaker at Neuroscience Conference - Yang Du
Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China
Title : The relationship between depressive symptoms and cognitive function in alzheimer’s disease: The mediating effect of amygdala functional connectivity and radiomic features


Depressive symptoms are common in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and are associated with cognitive function.  Amygdala functional connectivity (FC) and radiomic features related to depression and cognition.  However, studies have yet to explore the neural mechanisms underlying these associations.

We enrolled eighty-two AD patients with depressive symptoms (ADD) and 85 healthy controls (HCs) in this study.  We compared amygdala FC using the seed-based approach between ADD patients and HCs.  The least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) was used to select amygdala radiomic features.  A support vector machine (SVM) model was constructed based on the identified radiomic features to distinguish ADD from HCs.  We used mediation analyses to explore the mediating effects of amygdala radiomic features and amygdala FC on cognition.

We found that ADD patients showed decreased amygdala FC with posterior cingulate cortex, middle frontal gyrus (MFG), and parahippocampal gyrus involved in the default mode network compared to HCs.  The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) of the amygdala radiomic model was 0.95 for ADD patients and HCs.  Notably, the mediation model demonstrated that amygdala FC with the MFG and amygdala-based radiomic features mediated the relationship between depressive symptoms and cognitive function in AD.

Our findings may not only expand existing biological knowledge of the relationship between cognition and depressive symptoms in AD from the perspective of brain function and structure but also may ultimately provide potential targets for personalized treatment strategies.

Audience Take Away

  • Alzheimer's disease patients with depression show abnormal amygdala dysfunction in the default mode network
  • Amygdala radiomic features have excellent diagnostic value for AD with depression
  • Amygdala FC and radiomic features related to depressive symptoms and cognition in AD
  • Amygdala FC and radiomic features mediate the relation between depression and cognition


I am Yang Du. I graduated with a Master's degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health from the School of Medicine, West China Hospital, Sichuan University. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student at the Shanghai Mental Health Centre, Shanghai Jiaotong University. I have published 6 SCI papers and 5 CSCD journal papers as the first author. In addition, I have conducted three research projects at the provincial and ministerial levels and received three awards from the China Medical Education Association. I have published one monograph as the second editor-in-chief and was awarded one national invention patent as the second inventor.