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November 18, 2009 - State Representative Duane Milne's 55 & Up Expo

Dr. John Trojanowski was the keynote speaker at the Alzheimer Forum for the 55 and Up Expo. This forum is sponsored by the office of Pennsylvania State Representative Duane Milne of the 167th Legislative District. It will be held at the Great Hall at Immaculata University from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by the Alzheimer Forum in the Green Room. Click here to view the invitation, or here for Rep. Milne’s website.

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Dr. John Trojanowski and State Representative Duane Milne

October 16, 2009 - 9th Annual Marian S. Ware Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Retreat
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"Current Research in Alzheimer Biomarkers"

The retreat will begin at 8:30 am with a breakfast buffet in the Biomedical Research Building (BRB II/III). Opening remarks by Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, Director of CNDR, will begin at 8:55 am.

To learn more about the speakers and to register online to attend and/or present a poster, please visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/cndr/CNDRRetreat2009CurrentResearchinAlzheimersBiomarkers.shtml

This event is free and open to the public.


October 3, 2009 - Research Partner Thank You Breakfast

Our third annual Thank You Breakfast took place at the Inn at Penn on Saturday, October 3. Drs. John Q. Trojanowski, Steve E. Arnold, and Jason H. Karlawish gave updates on the current studies at the Penn Memory Center, as well as a general update on Alzheimer's research.

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October 1-2, 2009 - The 7th Leonard Berg Symposium

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University School of
Medicine is proud to present:

The 7th Leonard Berg Symposium
"Presymptomatic Detection of Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Disease"
Thursday-Friday, October 1-2, 2009

Eric P. Newman Education Center
Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, Missouri

Please visit http://Alzheimer.wustl.edu/education/berg/berg2009 for more
details, to register, and to submit abstracts for possible inclusion in the
poster session.


August 25, 2009 - Current Study of Japanese ADNI and biomarker development in Alzheimer's disease
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2:00 to 3:15 pm
Medical Alumni Hall - 1st Floor Maloney Building
3600 Spruce Street
University of Pennsylvania

Hiroyuki Arai, MD, PhD
Department of Geriatrics & Gerontology, Division of Brain Science
Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer
Primary Investigator, Biomarker Core, Japanese Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (J-ADNI), Tohoku University

with Professor Ryozo Kuwano
Co-Primary Investigator, Biomarker Core, Japanese Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (J-ADNI), Tohoku University

Please call 215-662-4474 if you have any questions. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Penn Alzheimer's Disease Center and Penn Memory Center, the Institute on Aging, and the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).


August 2, 2009 - Philadelphia Health Reform Town Hall Meeting
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Please join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius & Senator Arlen Specter for a town hall meeting on Health Reform: What's In It For You?

Begins at 3:00 pm at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street, Independence Mall), Philadelphia, PA 19106.

This event is free and open to the public.


July 10, 2009 - Frontotemporal Degeneration Caregiver Conference
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8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
BRB II/III Auditorium
421 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Keynote speaker: Sylvia Mackey

Seats are limited; please register as soon as possible.
Please register through the Association for Frontotemporal Dementias:


June 10, 2009 - Dr. Jason Karlawish presents at the 2009 Jay L. Foster Memorial Lecture

Dr. Jason Karlawish presented at the 2009 Jay L. Foster Memorial Lecture on “The Making and Unmaking of Alzheimer’s Disease,” discussing the challenges facing society, patients, and families about treatment and quality of life. The lecture was sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health.

Click here for Dr. Karlawish's presentation with slides


June 3-8, 2009 - PMC Faculty and Staff visit Puerto Rico

Dr. Steven Arnold, along with Mirna Negron and Jessica Nunez-Lopez, went to Puerto Rico to visit the University of Puerto Rico. The purpose of this visit was four-fold:
1) To establish collaboration for possible satellite recruitment in Puerto Rico.
2) Dr. Arnold gave a talk on ethno-racial aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease to the San Juan Alzheimer’s Association.
3) Toured a new community hospital’s Neuroscience institute and met with other MD's.
4) Discussed collaborative clinical and biomarker research.

Dr. Irving Vega from the University of Puerto Rico (left)
and Dr. Steven Arnold of the Penn Memory Center
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Drs. Lastra, Gierbolini, and Mercado
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Dr. Steven Arnold gives a presentation for the
San Juan chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
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100 attendees at Dr. Arnold's presentation
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left to right: Dr. Enteza, Dr. Vega, Jessica Nunez-Lopez,
L. Valcarcel, Mirna Negron, Dr. Arnold, and M. Larroso
(click on photo to enlarge)


June 5, 2009 - Department of Medicine Research Day, Biomedical Research Building II/III Lobby

Dr. Jason Karlawish, Paige Brookstein, and Elizabeth Sullo, of the Penn Memory Center, presented their poster and research on the Vermont mobile polling project. This research was in collaboration with the Vermont Secretary of State's Office, the American Bar Assocation, and the University of Pennsylvania.

From the press release:
The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office joined with the University of Pennsylvania and the American Bar Association to develop a pilot program where trained election workers brought ballots to residential care facilities prior to the election to permit eligible residents to register and vote. Residents who were unable to vote independently were offered assistance from bipartisan pairs of election workers who had been trained to work with elderly voters, and in particular, voters who have cognitive impairment.

Download the full press release here. For more information about voting rights for older adults, watch this video from United Press International.

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Department of Medicine Research Day Poster Session

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Elizabeth Sullo explains the results to an interested party

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Paige Brookstein, Dr. Jason Karlawish, and Elizabeth Sullo proudly present their results


May 21, 2009 - The University of Pennsylvania's Twelfth Annual Spirituality Research Symposium presents "Spiritual & Religious Dimensions of Aging: Insights from Research"
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8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
School of Nursing Auditorium
421 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Featuring Harol Koening, MD, MHSc, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and and Associate Professor at Duke University

Moderated by Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, Director of Hiddue: The Center for Aging and Judaism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA

With a presentation by Andrew Newberg, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania

For more information and/or to register (free), please contact Natasha Charles at 215-573-7219 or email natasha.charles@uphs.upenn.edu


May 7, 2009 - Screening of Alzheimer's Disease: Facing the Facts
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A free showing of the award-winning winning one-hour documentary will be offered by Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility. The screening will be held Thursday, May 7th, at 7:00 p.m. at the college’s Blackwood Campus.

Introducing the film and taking questions from the audience will be Carol Edwards, the film's executive producer, and Dr. David Wolk, a neurologist and researcher from the University of Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Cener and Penn Memory Center.

Registration is required. The form can be returned via mail, fax, or email.

Adobe Reader is needed to read and fill out the form; download it free here.

Carol Edwards, the show's executive producer

Dr. David Wolk, a neurologist and researcher at the Penn Memory Center

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Beginning May 10, 2009, The Alzheimer's Project, a four-part documentary on Alzheimer's disease will be airing on HBO.

Part 1: The Memory Loss Tapes- provides an up-close and personal look at seven individuals living with Alzheimer’s

Part 2: Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?- hosted by Maria Shriver, this half-hour show captures what it means to be a child or grandchild of a person living with Alzheimer’s

Part 3: Momentum in Science- a two-part, state-of-the-science film takes viewers inside the laboratories and clinics of 24 leading scientists and physicians, revealing some of the most cutting-edge research advances

Part 4: Caregivers- highlights the sacrifices and successes of the people who experience their loved ones’ descent into dementia

From the HBO website: "In the tradition of its Emmy®-winning Addiction project in 2007, HBO will use all of its digital platforms to support a multi-part campaign focusing on Alzheimer's disease: its causes, symptoms, treatment and possible cures. Collectively titled The Alzheimer's Project, the initiative includes four HBO documentaries premiering from May 10-12; 15 short supplemental films; a companion book; a robust hbo.com website; and a nationwide community-based outreach campaign."

Watch the trailer

Dr. Arthur Rubenstein,
dean of the University of Pennsylvania's
School of Medicine

Dr. John Q. Trojanowski,
co-director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research

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April 8, 2009 - Penn Medicine Advances
Solving the Longevity Puzzle: Living Longer, Living Well & Reversing the Epidemic of Alzheimer's and Related Disorders

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Featuring a panel discussion with top neuroscientists, physicians, and Alzheimer's disease experts from Penn Medicine

John Q. Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D.
- William Maul Measey-Truman G. Schnabel, Jr., M.D., Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
- Director, Institute on Aging
- Director, NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center
- Director, NINDS Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center of Excellence
- Co-director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Marian S.Ware Alzheimer Drug Discovery Program

Virginia M.-Y. Lee, Ph.D., M.B.A.
- Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- The John H.Ware 3rd Professor in Alzheimer’s Research
- Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Marian S.Ware Alzheimer Drug Discovery Program

Steven E. Arnold, M.D.
- Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Director, Penn Memory Center
- Associate Director, NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center
- Associate Director, Institute on Aging

Jason H. Karlawish, M.D.
- Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics
- Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Education Recruitment and Retention Core
- Associate Director, Penn Memory Center

Moderated by Orien Reid Nix
- Incoming Chair, Institute on Aging External Advisory Board
- Immediate Past Chair, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)
- Former consumer advocate and media personality in the Philadelphia area

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January 28, 2009 - Julie H.C. Bailey Training Center Dedication

4:00 - 7:30 p.m.
100 South Main Street, Suite 211
Smyrna, DE 19977

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. -- Welcome

4:30 - 5:15 p.m. -- Neal Zondlo, Ph.D., University of Delaware researcher and Alzheimer's Association grant recipient, provides an update on research.

5:15 - 6:00 p.m. --
Wendy Campbell, Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter President
Katie Macklin, Executive Director Delaware
Tony Bailey, Visionary Leader
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony / Dedication

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. -- Reception, Networking, Silent Auction, and Raffle

**In a show of solidarity, we ask that you wear a purple ribbon around your left index finger for the dedication as a reminder that no one should ever forget.

RSVP at 302-514-6510


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