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New Meetup: Recovering Lost Memories: Aging and Dementia Treatment

From: Justin S.
Sent on: Monday, May 4, 2009 9:30 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The San Antonio Science Caf?!

What: Recovering Lost Memories: Aging and Dementia Treatment

When: May 26,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Have you ever misplaced your keys and spent hours frantically searching for them? Or couldn't recall the name of a famous actor? Although these experiences happen to healthy individuals, one in twenty (5%) people over 65 years old suffers from Alzheimer's disease (AD), and the risk increases with age. Given the extraordinary burden on our society for both the individuals, caregivers, and their families, why hasn't a cure been developed yet? The answer lies in the curious nature of the disease, and in fact, aging itself.

George Perry, Ph.D., and his colleagues discovered that oxidative stress (think of it as "brain rust") is one of the first changes in the brains of AD patients. These studies have lead to some interesting questions about aging, such as why do we age, and is there a way to prevent it using medicine, diet, or exercise.

George Perry received his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceonography at the University of California in San Diego. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, he attained tenure as Professor of Pathology and Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and is now dean of the College of Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, president of the American Association of Neuropathologists, and ranked as one of the top ten experts on Alzheimer's disease with over 600 publications. More about Dr. Perry can be found here. Dr. Perry is also an active member of Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society.

Here is a general schedule for the evening:
7:00 pm - Meet and greet in the Lion & Rose Conference Room
7:15 pm - Watch an interesting clip from NOVA ScienceNow video on dementia and memory
7:20 pm - Dr. Perry introduces topic of aging, Alzheimer's disease, and treatment strategies
7:35 pm - Open discussion
about 8:00 pm - Break

Enjoy a tasty beverage at the Lion & Rose and join the San Antonio Science Cafe for a lively discussion. Some science cafe hats will be given away, courtesy of WGBH in Boston and NOVA scienceNOW. A suggested donation of $5 will help sustain this website and help for planning future events.

Please RSVP as soon as possible as seating is limited.

I look forward to seeing you there!

-Justin
San Antonio Science Cafe Organizer
Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi
[address removed]

Drinks on you, Science on us.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/sciencecafe/calendar/10339354/

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