3/15 USC dementia conference: Leading aging researchers and neurologists discuss new criteria for Alzheimer’s diagnosis

March 14, 2013

WHAT: The Memory and Aging Center at USC presents the 7th biennial “Many Faces of Dementia” conference, featuring the latest research and clinical information about Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases. In particular, the one-day conference will focus on new guidelines from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association for diagnosing Alzheimer’s, including the role of neuroimaging and how it has changed diagnoses of dementia, dementia in diverse populations and controversial early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and how to distinguish dementia from normal aging. Dr. Marilyn Albert, one of the original authors of the new guidelines, is among the conference speakers.

The conference will also feature a panel of people who are in the early stages of dementia talking about their personal experiences.

Marilyn Albert, PhD: Professor of Neurology and Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Director, Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Helena Chui, MD: Chair, Department of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine of USC Principal Investigator, USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center
Michael Jakowec, PhD: Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, USC
Collins Liu, MD: Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Department of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Bruce Miller, MD: Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine; Director, UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Lisa Barnes, PhD: Associate Professor, Departments of Neurological Sciences and Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
John Danner, LCSW: Clinical Social Worker, USC Memory and Aging Center, USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center
Amy Landers, MSW: Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter
Carol McCleary, PhD: Director of Neuropsychology, Department of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Michael Wasserman, MD: Geriatrician, Co-founder, Senior Care of Colorado
WHEN: Friday, March 15. 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

WHERE: USC Davidson Conference Center

MORE: “Many Faces of Dementia” is sponsored by the USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center and the Keck School of Medicine, the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Southern California, the USC Davis School of Gerontology, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter.

For general registration and more information about the sessions, visit http://cecourses.usc.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=66433

FOR MEDIA: The conference is registration-only. For media RSVPs, please contact Suzanne Wu at suzanne.wu@usc.edu or Kimberly Morton at manyface@usc.edu.