PIONEERING ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCHER TO SPEAK AT UNT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER MAY 20

May 13, 2005

A pioneer in the field of brain aging will discuss brain aging and Alzheimerâ??s disease at the third Annual Neurobiology of Aging Trainee Symposium on May 20, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Philip Landfield, PhD, will present the keynote address â??Harnessing the Power of Gene Microarrays for the Study of Brain Aging and Alzheimerâ??s Disease,” at the Center for BioHealth Room 200, located at 3400 Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Dr. Landfield leads a team of Alzheimerâ??s researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine that recently received a $7.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to study how calcium regulation in the brain changes with aging and the onset of Alzheimerâ??s disease.

His keynote address will explain how microarrays are revolutionizing the study of Alzheimerâ??s disease. Dr. Landfield has likened the role of microarrays to the role of integrated circuits and silicon chips in electronics.

This symposium provides a forum for neurobiology of aging trainees at UNT Health Science Center to present their research. Student presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. in Center for BioHealth 200. Poster presentations, located just outside of Center for BioHealth 200, can be viewed throughout the day.

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 and 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.

This year the health science centerâ??s Office of Professional and Continuing Education will offer one hour of continuing medical education credit for attending the symposium keynote address.

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

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