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Join Us for the 2014 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research!

Apr 24
2014

Join Us for the 2014 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research!

  AFAR invites you to join us for the 2014 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research ceremony and reception. Now in their 28th year, The MetLife Awards recognize major scientific contributions that have promoted a better understanding of the underlying causes, prevention, and treatments of Alzheimer’s disease.  This year’s award ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 15th from 3-5pm at the MetLife Building in New York City.  The program includes a research briefing followed by presentation of the Major Awards and a Promising Research award, totaling $600,000. The keynote speaker will be Mark Shriver,…


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Grantee in the News: Kim Green Uncovers New Brain Finding in AFAR Funded Study

Apr 23
2014

Grantee in the News: Kim Green Uncovers New Brain Finding in AFAR Funded Study

On April 16, 2014 Neuron Journal published results of 2013 New Investigator in Alzheimer’s Disease grantee Kim Green, PhD’s, groundbreaking study, which was partially funded by AFAR.  Dr. Green’s research examined the role neuroinflammation plays in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  In a study performed on wild mice, Dr. Green removed all of the brain’s main immunity defense cells, microglia, through the use of a molecule inhibitor.  Dr. Green and his team found that once the inhibitor was removed a new set of…


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Scholar in the News: Centers of Excellence Scholar Gary Epstein-Lubow in The Washington Post

Apr 15
2014

Scholar in the News: Centers of Excellence Scholar Gary Epstein-Lubow in The Washington Post

On April 14th, 2014 AFAR Center of Excellence Scholar and geriatric psychiatrist, Gary Epstein-Lubow, MD, contributed a piece to The Washington Post opening up on how dementia effected his family after his mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease.   Dr. Epstein-Lubow shined light on the forgotten victims of dementia, the caregivers and loved ones of those diagnosed. Dr. Epstein-Lubow especially noted that the estimated 15 million unpaid caregivers in the United States have a higher risk for homicide and suicide and experience depression at a rate 2-3 times above that of the general population. Gary Epstein-Lubow, MD, is geriatric psychiatrist…


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CoE Scholar in the News: Valerie Wilson, MD, Examines Vitamin D Deficiency and Cognition in Seniors

Apr 15
2014

CoE Scholar in the News: Valerie Wilson, MD, Examines Vitamin D Deficiency and Cognition in Seniors

On April 15, 2014, 2012 AFAR Center of Excellence Scholar, Valerie Wilson, MD, recently published her research on vitamin D deficiency and cognition in older adults in the latest issue of the journal of the American Geriatrics Society. By comparing the vitamin D levels and cognitive ability of 2,777 adults ages 70-79 twice during a four year study, Dr. Wilson and her team found evidence of an association between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline over time. While further research is need to determine whether vitamin D and cognation have a dependent relationship, there would be huge public health implantations if vitamin D…


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Grantee in the News: Ted Dawson Identifies Biological Process that Triggers Parkinson’s Disease

Apr 10
2014

Grantee in the News: Ted Dawson Identifies Biological Process that Triggers Parkinson’s Disease

On April 10th, 2014, Fox News profiled AFAR 1995 Beeson Scholar Dr. Ted Dawson’s new research  identifying a protein trigger for a common form of Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Dawson, along with his team and John Hopkins University, built on research linking mutations in the enzyme, LRRK2, with the onset of Parkinson’s disease, by uncovering the protein LRRK2 acts on, s15. Identification of this protein and enzyme combination is significant because it may lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Ted Dawson, MD, PhD, is a professor at John…


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