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April 30, 2018 - Shawn Taylor

Veterans’ Health Experts Offer Solutions to Clinical Trial Inefficiencies

On April 12 th , I was very excited to participate in a summit focused on improving medical outcomes for veterans through more efficient clinical trials. This summit was put on by the National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundation (NAVREF) and hosted at Deloitte in Arlington, Virginia. We were honored to sponsor this event alongside our friends at LUNGevity and our partners at Cohen Veterans Bioscience , and I was so grateful to have the opportunity to address a room full of experts who are committed to prioritizing the health of our veterans. We know that clinical trials
March 20, 2018 - George Vradenburg

Recap: Research in Action at the UsA2 Tokyo Scientific Roundtable

Last week, ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer’s co-hosted the Alzheimer’s Scientific Roundtable at the University of Tokyo in Japan, which brought together some of the best and brightest minds engaged in the global battle against this dreaded disease. Our hope is that this meeting will spur the Japanese government to make dementia a central theme of its 2019 G20 leadership. Anyone who has dealt with Alzheimer's knows the terrible toll it takes on patients and their families. I watched in horror as my wife’s brilliant, vibrant, extraordinary mother disappeared into the disease in the early 1990s.Let me take a minute to explain why this
March 12, 2018 - Marie Marley

Using Art to Bring Joy to Those Living with Alzheimer’s

Lester Potts, the father of neurologist, Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, had never held a paintbrush in his life. When he developed Alzheimer’s, he eventually began going to a daycare program. While there, they encouraged him to paint with water colors. Lester produced stunning paintings, and later became an artist of acclaim. His work brought joy to him and to all who viewed it. In fact, Dr. Potts and I admired his paintings so much, we chose one for the cover of our book, “Finding Joy in Alzheimer’s: New Hope for Caregivers.” Research supports the notion that activities using art
February 26, 2018 - Michael Ellenbogen

Dementia Patients Should Inform Tech Development

My daughter recently bought me a Google Home Mini. As someone who lives with dementia and used to be a leader in the IT field, I always thought one could be helpful to me and many folks with disabilities. I quickly realized I was wrong. To be sure, t here are a number of helpful things that I can do with the Google Home Mini. For example, I can ask any questions -- what is the temperature or when will it snow? I can ask information about the latest news, and set reminders for meetings and deadlines. The voice assistant
February 20, 2018 - George Vradenburg

At Least Alzheimer's Research Is Bringing Washington Together

This op-ed originally appear in The Hill newspaper on February 15, 2018. In an era of extreme partisanship, there is one issue that continues to inspire collaboration and even comradery among members of both parties: the fight to stop Alzheimer’s. Click here to continue reading.