Neurobiology of Aging Symposium to Feature Latest Findings on the Genetics of AlzheimerA€AsADs Disease

March 7, 2006

Richard Mayeux, MD, MSc, will discuss the genetics of Alzheimerâ??s disease at the fourth annual Neurobiology of Aging Training Symposium March 13 at UNT Health Science Center.

Dr. Mayeux is the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Epidemiology; the director of the Sergievsky Center; and the co-director of the Taub Institute of Research on Alzheimerâ??s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University. He is nationally known for his work in the study of genetics and environmental interactions in Alzheimerâ??s disease.

Dr. Mayeux has led a multidisciplinary, population-based epidemiological investigation of Alzheimerâ??s disease and related disorders known as the Washington Heights-Inwood Community Aging Project for the past 18 years. He was among the first researchers to integrate epidemiology and genetics to identify biological markers that make people more susceptible to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimerâ??s disease and Parkinsonâ??s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Mayeux received the Leadership and Excellence in Alzheimerâ??s Disease award from the National Institute of Aging, and in 2004, he received a MERIT award for his work on the genetic epidemiology of familial Alzheimerâ??s disease. His key note address for the symposium will take place in Luibel Hall of the Education and Administration Building at 12:30 p.m.

The Neurobiology of Aging Training Symposium is funded by the National Institute of Aging. The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13 and will include oral and poster presentations from Neurobiology of Aging fellows and associate fellows.

â??This symposium serves as an integral component of the Neurobiology of Aging training program,â? said James Simpkins, PhD, principal investigator for the pre-doctoral training grant program. â??This training grant is multidisciplinary in scope. We hope to stimulate interest in research on aging in students so that the problems associated with aging today can be alleviated.â?

In May 2002, the health science center was awarded a pre-doctoral training grant from the National Institute on Aging to provide financial and scholarly support for students pursuing research in the neurobiology of aging.

Students who become fellows receive a full stipend, funds for tuition and fees, and funding to attend national scientific meetings. Funds have also been made available to support associate fellows.

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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