Presentations include updated information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Emphasis is on how to use this information in clinical practice.
New Alzheimer's Therapies: Current Status
Frank M. Longo, MD, PhD
George and Lucy Becker Professor, Chairman, Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University, received his M.D. in 1981 and Ph.D. in Neurosciences in 1983 from UC San Diego. As the faculty member at UCSF he led the development of the first West Coast site in the U.S. to offer DNA testing for Huntington's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, the creation of a national referral center for deep brain simulation for Parkinson's disease and contributed to the development of programs in dementia and epilepsy. His research group has pioneered the development of the first small molecule ligands for neurotrophin receptors for the treatment of Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases.
The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative: Clinical Implications
Michael W. Weiner, MD
attended John Hopkins and the State University of New York, and worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Yale, University of Wisconsin and Stanford and is currently at San Francisco VA medical Center/UCSF. He is currently the Director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease and is Professor of Radiology, Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology. He is the principal investigator of the NIA funded $60 million Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. He is married with two grown children and lives in Mill Valley CA. He is also a professional jazz pianist, and has recorded two CDs (Mike Weiner Trio and Mike Weiner-live in Havana).
LGBT Aging Research and Practice: Updates and Implications for Care Panel
Amy Whelan, Esq., is a senior staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and works on NCLR's full range of policy and casework. Amy focuses much of her work on NCLR's Elder Law project, a full-time legal and advocacy program of NCLR that empowers LGBT elders to protect themselves and fights for equal treatment of LGBT elders in policies, laws, programs and services for aging Americans. Amy received her Bachelors degree from Princeton University and her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.
David Coon, PhD, is the Associate Vice Provost for Research, Health Outcomes at ASU and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Professor, and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. He previously served as the Associate Director of the Older Adults Center of the VA Palo Alto health-care system and Stanford University School of Medicine and research scientist at UCSF/Mount Zion Institute on Aging in San Francisco. Dr. Coon's work has been funded through federal and foundation grants including the National Institute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Administration on Aging and it appears in a variety of national and international scientific journals.
Heather L. Gray, MA, is the family support coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association. She manages the Association's family caregivers support groups in the Bay Area, provides counseling services for families living with Alzheimer's, and facilitates groups including groups for persons in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Her background includes over 10 years of providing direct service and support to persons living with dementia and their families. Prior to joining the Alzheimer's Association she was program coordinator for several Stanford/Palo Alto VA clinical trials which addressed the efficacy of specific intervention approach to reduce depression, other psychiatric symptoms, and to improve the quality of life of diverse family caregivers.
Workshop: Dementia Care Beyond Drugs
Session 2: Pill Paradigm
G Allen Power, MD, is the Eden Mentor at St. John's Home in Rochester, New York and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. He's a board certified internist and geriatrician, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians/American Society for Internal Medicine. Dr. Power is a certified Eden Alternative® Educator and a member of the Eden Alternative Board of Directors. He will be working in an advisory capacity with CMS in 2012 for their new congressional initiative to reduce antipsychotic drug overuse in nursing homes. Dr. Power's book, Dementia beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing and a Merit Award from the 2011 National Mature Media Awards.