More than 5 million people in America and 44 million people globally have their lives directly impaired by Alzheimer’s disease. Identified over 100 years ago and despite major global research efforts, a cure for Alzheimer’s remains elusive. The Aspen Institute Wye Fellows will host a discussion on February 5th with Dr. Barry Greenberg, a world leader in understanding the overall incidence, prevalence, progression and biology of Alzheimer’s disease, and the many associated risk factors including genetics and environment.
Dr. Greenberg, Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Translation Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been involved in Alzheimer’s research and drug discovery since 1985. He will provide a basic overview of the disease clinical neurobiology, potential risk factors, some of the very latest global clinical research results, as well as the challenges and promises for future prevention and treatment opportunities. He will also discuss some of the latest disease hypotheses and describe lifestyle modification studies that are informing what steps can be taken to minimize your own risk of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is more common in people ages 60 years and older, more prevalent in women and its likelihood increases with a family history of the disease. Changes in the brain, which scientists believe is generally caused over time by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors, lead Alzheimer’s sufferers to have growing trouble with memory, thinking and reasoning, making decisions, performing familiar tasks, and changes in personality and behavior.
Dr. Greenberg’s work is currently focused on linking basic and clinical research in the neurosciences to develop effective preventative therapies. He brings a unique, multifaceted perspective to this devastating medical condition, drawn from corporate research and drug development to hospital and academia-based research including clinical trials and global research strategies.
Limited guest seating is available. Registration is required to attend the event, which will be held at 5 pm at the Temple B’nai Israel in Easton. If you would like to attend, please contact Susan Langfitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-820-5375. The Wye Fellows is a membership organization of the Aspen Institute, which hosts monthly speaker events with major thinkers of our time on a range of important topics, concerts, book talks and symposia. For information on joining the Wye Fellows, please visit www.aspeninstitute.org.
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