The influence of aerobic exercise on hippocampal integrity and function: Preliminary findings of a multi-modal imaging analysis

Lauren Den Ouden, Aaron Kandola, Chao Suo, Joshua Hendrikse, Ricardo Costa, Matthew J. Watt, Valentina Lorenzetti, Yann Chye, Linden Parkes, Kristina Sabaroedin, Murat Yücel

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Aerobic exercise (AE) interventions represent promising therapeutic approaches in disorders that compromise hippocampal integrity, but a more comprehensive account of the neural mechanisms stimulated by AE in the human brain is needed. We conducted a longitudinal pilot-study to assess the impact of a 12-week AE intervention on hippocampal structure and function in 10 healthy, human participants (50% females; 25–59 years). Using a novel combination of multimodal MRI techniques, we found significant increases in left hippocampal volume, Cornu Ammonis subfield area 1, NAA concentration and immediate verbal recall performance. Our preliminary findings highlight the utility of a multimodal approach in assessing hippocampal integrity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Plasticity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Dec 2018


  • hippocampus
  • MRI
  • plasticity
  • NAA
  • fitness

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