This year’s 5th annual ADRC Participants’ Appreciation Day yielded the highest attendance yet with 81 participants joining us as well as many ADRC staff and students! After a welcome by event organizer and Education Core Director Margaret Sewell, Ph.D., ADRC director Mary Sano, Ph.D. updated the audience with “What we’ve learned so far: Results from recent studies.” The day also included caregiver-oriented break-out sessions including a special Chair Yoga session by Barbara Benedict from the Memory Tree as well as Dr. Sewell’s Power Memory Work-Out, and a talk by returning speaker Mari Umpierre, co-director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center. A new feature of the event was an interview with Clinical Core Director, Hillel Grossman, M.D. and a volunteer research participant, whose comments you can see on page 7.
Finally, Dr. Grossman, Education Core co-director Judith Neugroschl, M.D. and ADRC Associate Director Samuel Gandy, M.D., Ph.D. in a panel discussion of “What’s next: New and novel ideas in dementia research.” Because of the recent press release announcing FDA approval of the new diagnostic PET scan agent Amyvid, there were many audience questions about Amyvid and what its approval means. (Thanks to your feedback on that day, we have expanded on this topic on page 2) We asked the audience to answer this question: “Dr. Sano spoke of the new PET scan that can detect beta-amyloid in the brain. If you could find out if you had beta-amyloid in your brain, would you want to know?” to which 34 of you answered yes and 7 answered no. We offer our heartfelt thanks to all the families who give so much to the fight against Alzheimer’s. We look forward to seeing you next year!