Saturday, March 26, 2011

alzheimer's Blog:

Subject: You Are Invited!

The largest gathering of Alzheimer's disease researchers, medical experts, caregivers and policy makers in Arizona's history will gather Friday, May 21 to continue the urgent battle against the disease that today has more than 78,000 victims in Arizona alone.

About 1,200 people are expected to attend the 12th Annual Conference of the Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium. The free event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Glendale, Ariz. The gathering is attracting experts from around the United States who will present their scientific breakthroughs and participate in round-table discussions.

Joining the list of internationally-known experts is Paul Aisen, M.D., from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), an industry leader in evaluation of promising new treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Aisen will provide the latest update on the development of new Alzheimer's disease treatments.

"This year's event offers an outstanding group of speakers, who will provide practical information for patients and family caregivers and share some of their latest scientific findings with other researchers," said Eric Reiman, M.D, Director of the Consortium and executive director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute.

As part of the day-long conference, policymakers will have the opportunity to hear from people with Alzheimer's disease, caregivers, family members and the general public. The Arizona Governor's Office on Aging will be conducting a State Alzheimer's Priority Plan Forum from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. This open forum and roundtable is designed so that the voices of people affected by the seventh leading cause of death can be heard and help shape Alzheimer's policy in Arizona.

The Conference also will include presentations by the top researchers in Alzheimer's disease in the country, including:

* Alzheimer's Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment Options, by Richard Caselli, MD

* Understanding the Behavioral Aspects of Alzheimer's Disease, by Alfred Kaszniak

* Oral presentations about research conducted by consortium members, including Banner Sun Health Research, Banner Research Institute, Banner Alzheimer's Institute, the Mayo Clinic, Barrow Neurological Institute, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Arizona State University

* Scientific poster presentations describing other research findings from consortium members

For more information about this free event, including a detailed agenda, please visit or call 602-239-6901. To register, visit or call our RSVP line (480) 440-7177.

The Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium (AAC) capitalizes on the complementary resources of its seven member institutions to promote the scientific understanding and early detection of Alzheimer's disease and effective disease-stopping and prevention therapies. Established in 1998, the Consortium also seeks to educate Arizona's residents about Alzheimer's disease, research progress in the state and the resources needed to help patients, families and professionals manage the disease. The AAC is comprised of both the NIA-funded Arizona Disease Core Center (ADCC) and the state-funded Arizona Alzheimer's Research Center (AARC). The AAC's member research institutions include Arizona State University, the Banner Alzheimer's Institute, the Barrow Neurological Institute, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the University of Arizona.

Marie Fostino
Alzheimer's A Caretakers Journal
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