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The 24th Annual Matthew & Marcia Simons
Research Symposium on Alzheimer's Disease

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Since 1991, the annual Matthew & Marcia Simons Research Symposium on Alzheimer's disease has been the centerpiece of the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter's yearly scientific presentations, highlighting the work of scientists making major contributions to the search for causes, treatments and ultimate cure for Alzheimer's disease.
What We Have Learned From Studying the Genetics of Alzheimer's:
Shifting the Paradigm to Prevention

Dr. John Morris, internationally recognized as a pioneer in prevention, will be presenting on his National Institute on Aging research studies. The goal of this research is to identify Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages, prior to the onset of any symptoms, so that therapies can be initiated to prevent the occurrence of dementia. Topics will include:
  • The lessons being learned from DIAN (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network).
  • New detection methods for Alzheimer Disease and why they will make a difference.
  • Increasing our focus on prevention and current research opportunities.
John C. Morris, MD Presented by John C. Morris, MD
Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Professor of Occupational Therapy at Washington University; Director and Principal Investigator of the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Dr. Morris is the Principal Investigator for four multicomponent research grants, awarded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), to study various aspects of Alzheimer disease. These grants include two program projects, "Healthy Aging and Senile Dementia" and "Antecedent Biomarkers for AD: The Adult Children Study"; and a cooperative agreement that establishes an international consortium of leading academic centers, "The Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network" (DIAN).

Dr. Morris has received many honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Alzheimer's Association, the MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer Disease, and the Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's, and Related Disease from the American Academy of Neurology. A board member for the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer Association, Dr. Morris is a Director for the American Academy of Neurology and currently chairs the Clinical Task Force for the NIA's Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Harry JohnsJoining Dr. Morris will be Harry Johns, President and CEO of the National Alzheimer's Association, who will provide an overview and update on current and upcoming research, and the Alzheimer's Association's involvement in research on a national scale.
Reisa SperlingReisa Sperling, MD, MMSc,Director, Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment; Co-Director, Neuroimaging Core, Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center & Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, who will receive an achievement award for her outstanding contributions to the field of Alzheimer's research.
The Alzheimer's Association will also be recognizing the MA researchers who received Association grants in 2014. Since 1982, the Alzheimer's Association has grown into the largest private, non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research, having invested over $33 million in more than 2,250 scientific investigations to date. Below are the eight Massachusetts researchers who were awarded grants in the last year:
  • Elizabeth Bradshaw, PhD, Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Angela Gutchess, PhD, Brandeis University
  • Tsuneya Ikezu, MD, PHd, Boston University
  • Pei-Jung "Paige" Lin, PhD, Tufts Medical Center
  • Kun Ping Lu, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Gail Musen, PhD, Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Thor Stein., MD, PHD, Bedford VA Research Corporation

(Coffee and cookie reception, 6:00 PM)

The Westin Waltham Hotel
70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA
Route I-95/128, Exit 27A, Third Avenue/Totten Pond Road
Complimentary parking in garage
Free and open to the public

Online RSVP for this event is now closed; however, we still have seats,
so please come and register at the door. Remember, it's free!

Alzheimer's Association

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