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Living Long and Living Well: Lessons from The 90+ Study, with Dr. Dan Berlau

From: Dr. Brian H.
Sent on: Thursday, September 2, 2010 6:53 AM

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Orange County Chapter
Founding President: Stanley A. White, Ph.D., P.E. (ret).
433 East Avenida Cordoba
San Clemente, CA[masked]
(949)[masked]; FAX (949)[masked]


Meeting: Sept 21, 2010 (Always on the 3rd Tuesdays of the odd-numbered months.), Doubletree Club Hotel Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Social Hour: 6:00 PM (no host bar). Come and meet the speaker and the other members.

Dinner: 7:00 PM -- Wine and Beef/Vegetarian Dinner with Salad and Dessert

Presentation: 8:00 PM ? ?Living Long and Living Well,? lessons from The 90+ Study. Participants of The 90+ Study are visited every 6 months by neuropsychological testers and neurological examiners. Our researchers at the Clinic for Aging Research and Education, located in Laguna Woods, obtain information about diet, activities, medical history, medications and numerous other factors. Additionally, participants are given a series of cognitive and physical tests in order to determine how well people in this age group are functioning.


The Speaker: Dr. Dan Berlau, Assistant Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, received his Ph.D. in 2006 from UCI in Neurobiology and Behavior. He has worked with The 90+ Study since March 2006 and has a strong interest in the neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Berlau works several different aspects of The 90+ Study including genetic factors of Alzheimer?s disease as well as function disability in the oldest old. He has recently published articles in the journals Archives of Neurology and Neurology, and has given public lectures at many senior centers in southern California. He is currently examining blood-derived biomarkers for Alzheimer?s disease.


Reservations: Send your check (made out to Sigma Xi, Orange County Chapter) by the preceeding Friday to Dr. Stanley A. White, 433 East Avenida Cordoba, San Clemente, CA[masked], (949)[masked]; FAX (949)[masked], ([address removed].) Paid-up members and their guests, $23; $28 for all others. There is no charge for attending the lecture only. Questions? RSVP RSVP Required on the Website even if you've mailed in a check. Indicate you've paid for a dinner, and if you are having dinner, come at 7 PM


Who Are We? Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (, has had a distinguished history of service to science and society for over a century. Its primary publication, The American Scientist, is generally recognized as the nation's premier scientific journal for nonspecialists. Sigma Xi was established at Cornell University in 1886 as a university-based scientific research honorary organization to recognize significant contributions to original scientific research. The Scientific Research Society of America (RESA), founded in 1947, was an industrial and government research-laboratory-based parallel organization. In 1974 the two organizations united to form Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society of North America. The ?of North America? was dropped from the name as the organization spread into Europe, Asia and Latin America. The combined organization today is composed of some 50 chapters worldwide comprising over 55,000 scientists and engineers, including over 200 Nobel laureates, hundreds of members of the National Academies of Science and Engineering, the National Institute of Medicine, the National Research Council and National Science and Technology medalists. Membership is by invitation only, requiring science, engineering or mathematics research accomplishments documented by peer-reviewed publications in the recognized science, engineering and mathematics professional journals. Associate Membership is offered to those graduate students and rising science professionals who have shown exceptional promise in their scientific research. The Orange County Chapter was originally chartered as the Autonetics Branch of RESA on April 2, 1965 in Anaheim, CA, at the Research, Engineering and Reliability Division of Autonetics, the electronics arm of the fabled North American Aviation, Inc. After the 1974 Sigma Xi/RESA merger, it became the Autonetics Sigma Xi Club which combined on September 5, 1990, with the California State University Club to form the Orange County Sigma Xi Club. On February 18, 1992, it was promoted to full Chapter status.

Recent OC Chapter Presentations
? January 19th, 2010, Francisco J. Ayala, Ph.D., University Professor and the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Professor of Philosophy; and Professor of Logic and the Philosophy of Science at the University of California at Irvine, CA, ?Darwin?s Gift to Science and Religion.? There is no conflict between science and religion. None!
? November 17th, 2009, Jeffrey D. Johnson, Ph.D., Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior, the University of California at Irvine, CA, ?Human Episodic Memory and Brain Imaging.? I just met her and already forgot her name? Why?
? September 15th, 2009, Richard Nielsen, Ph.D., Boeing Technical Fellow, Boeing Defense Systems, Anaheim, CA; ?Acoustic Detection of Low-Flying Aircraft.? A well researched and documented engineering assessment of an important homeland security/border issue.
? July 21st, 2009 ? no meeting.
? May 19th, 2009, Michael T. Kleinman, Ph.D., Professor of Toxicology and Co-Director of the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory, Occupational and Environmental Division, Department of Medicine, the University of California at Irvine, CA, ?Bioterrorism, the Dark Side of Science.?
? March 17, 2009, Sandra Thompson, Ph.D., J.D., Patent Attorney at Buchalter Nemer, Orange, CA. ?The Power of Greenovation,? explores the new ?green innovation? technologies and their patentability and manufacturing impacts in California, and what to expect in the next 1-10 years.
? January 21, 2009, Anyes Taffard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, School of Physical Sciences, the University of California at Irvine, CA, and Experimental Particle Physicist working on the ATLAS detector on the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, ?Journey to the Heart of Matter,? an insider?s view of the LHC?s how, why and status.
? November 19, 2008, Virginia Trimble, Ph.D.; VP, International Astronomical Union, Sigma Xi National Lecturer, Professor of Astronomy, Professor of History of Science and Scientometrics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, the University of California at Irvine, CA, ?Yesterday?s Paradigm is Tomorrow?s Wooden Nickel (Adventures in Astronomical Misunderstandings).?
? September 16th, 2008, Dr. Simon LeVay, M.D.,Ph.D., neurobiologist, international lecturer, author and Harvard Medical School and Salk Institute researcher, ?The Science of Sexual Orientation ? it?s not Choice,? a review of the physical evidence for the biological basis of sexual orientation.
? July 16th, 2008 ? no meeting. Everybody?s off on vacation!
? May 20th, 2008, Dr. William J. Cooper, Ph.D., Director and Professor, Urban Water Research Center, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the University of California at Irvine, CA, ?Water Scarcity, Global Changes and Groundwater Management Issues.? This is a much bigger problem than generally recognized by both policy makers and the general public.

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