In a Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed column about novelist Harper Lee and the surprise news that a second novel of hers will soon be published, Jason Karlawish, MD points to the growing public-health problem of older adults with impaired cognition and the potential for exploitation and abuse that can arise. You can read the column here.
Registration has opened for the 2015 Frontotemporal Degeneration Caregiver Conference
The conference will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 8am – 4:30pm in the Biomedical Research Building II/III Lobby and Auditorium.
The Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center invites you to attend a day-long conference for caregivers of persons with FTD and related conditions such as ALS and Corticobasal Degeneration. This conference is open to family caregivers,health professionals, scientists, students and others with an interest in FTD. This conference will include presentations by Dr. Murray Grossman and a team of experts in the field of FTD.
There is no charge to attend this event, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required via http://ftd.med.upenn.edu
Program time: 8:00-4:30 PM includes lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Christine Ray at email@example.com or 215-349-5873.
Congratulations to writer Deborah Fries, a contributor to Penn Memory Center‘s InSight newsletter and the www.makingsenseofalzheimers.org website! Deborah has been awarded 3rd Prize in the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s 25th Anniversary Poetry Competition.
Deborah’s poem – “About that coupling” – reflects on the throw of the dice that gave her two copies of the ApoE4 gene, putting her at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer disease. You can read the poem here.
Jason Karlawish, MD addressed the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s (NCRC) Annual Conference – “Creating a Just Economy” – on March 27, 2015 with his presentation, “The Need for Financial Capability to Build Assets and Wealth.” NCRC promotes access to basic banking services to create and sustain affordable housing and job development in underserved communities. To read about the conference, click here.
Members of Penn Memory Center’s caregiver support group are featured in a Wall Street Journal article about the physical and emotional toll on caregivers as the disease progresses in their loved ones. PMC’s Felicia Greenfield, LCSW, leads the group. You can read the WSJ article here. For information about the support class, please click here.
Tonight, March 11, 2015, is the night for “The Aging Brain and Alzheimer’s Disease: Let’s Talk About Your Brain” at The Franklin Institute, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
John Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Institute on Aging and Co-Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, University of Pennsylvania
Felicia Greenfield, L.C.S.W.
Associate Director for Clinical and Research Operations, Penn Memory Center, University of Pennsylvania
Staff from the Penn Memory Center will be on hand talk about our programs and services including PENN Care Management (our geriatric care management program), Cognitive Fitness, research opportunities and more. To register for this event, please call 215-448-1200.
For more information, click here.
You can read the Philadelphia Inquirer story here.
A National Institutes of Health public-private partnership aimed at accelerating Alzheimer’s disease drug development launched its “Big Data” portal on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, enabling researchers to share and analyze large biomedical datasets. The first wave of data was also released.
The venture brings together NIH, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and industry and academic scientists from a variety of disciplines with a goal of translate knowledge faster and more successfully into new therapies.
“This is an important initiative that could lead to novel targets for AD drug discovery,” says John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, director of Penn’s Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center.
You can visit the The AMP AD Knowledge Portal here.
A film documenting the year in the life of a woman with Frontotemporal Degeneration will debut on Tuesday, March 10th at 8 pm on WHYY TV Philadelphia. View a short trailer of Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury here.