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UW Hosts National Leader in New Era of Alzheimer's Prevention Research

Madison, Wisconsin - By the time today’s 30-year-olds are senior citizens, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will have taken an overwhelming financial toll on the United States and other countries around the world, according to Dr. Eric Reiman.


“Now is the time to launch a new era in Alzheimer's prevention research.”


- Dr. Eric Reiman

A professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona and one of the nation’s leaders in Alzheimer’s research, Reiman will keynote the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s inaugural Alzheimer Research Day, whick takes place at 1pm Friday, March 14, at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in the H.F. Deluca Forum.


The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required.


Reiman’s talk will focus on the great progress that’s being made in the study of Alzheimer’s disease and substantial progress in the promising but unproven treatments that strike at the heart of the disease.


“Now is the time to launch a new era in Alzheimer’s prevention research,” said Reiman. “Up until now, our biggest roadblock has been the time it takes to evaluate a prevention therapy. We need the scientific means, the regulatory approval pathway, new public policies, and new ways of working together to rapidly evaluate the range of promising therapies and find out which ones work as soon as possible.”


Some of the work that Reiman has done complements the work going on at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, using imaging techniques to detect and track some of the brain changes associated with the predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease. That and other related approaches are helping to set the stage to rapidly evaluate more prevention therapies.


Leading the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Alzheimer’s imaging efforts is professor of medicine Sterling Johnson, who used to work with Reiman at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.


The event, hosted by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, is sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center, and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. 

Date Published: 03/11/2014

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