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Understanding the Alzheimer's Epidemic

Thursday, March 6, 2008 General News J E 4
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Briefing and screening of 'pocket' films



On Tuesday, March 11, the Alliance for Aging Research will host a Congressional briefing about the looming epidemic of Alzheimer's, its consequences and the promise of research. Following the briefing, four short 'pocket' films will be screened. The films are tools to increase understanding of this devastating disease and will be universally accessible -- easy to download, view and forward. The Alliance for Aging Research is bringing together:



WHO: Daniel Perry, Executive Director, Alliance for Aging Research

David Shenk, Author of The Forgetting and lecturer on Alzheimer's

John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD

Director, Alzheimer's Disease Core Center

Professor, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine



WHAT: Congressional briefing about Alzheimer's disease and screening of 'pocket' films



WHEN: Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



WHERE: Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Ave, NE, 5th Floor

Washington, D.C.



WHY: Today 24 million people have Alzheimer's worldwide. This will quadruple to 100 million by 2050. The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease is age, and currently, there are no therapies to prevent or cure this fatal disease.



NOTE: If you plan to attend this briefing or would like to schedule an interview with any of the speakers, please contact Joan Hurwitz at 202-293-2856. The event and the 'pocket' films are supported by a grant from MetLife Foundation.



Founded in 1986, the Alliance for Aging Research is a nonprofit, independent organization dedicated to improving the health and independence of aging Americans through public and private funding of medical research and geriatric education. The Alliance combines the interests of top scientists, public officials, business executives and foundation leaders to promote a greater national investment in research and new technologies that will prepare our nation for the coming senior boom, and improve the quality of life for today's older generation. More information about the Alliance is available at http://www.agingresearch.org



/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- March 5/



SOURCE Alliance for Aging Research
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