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2015 McGinty Conference
Nov. 3, 2015
Oregon Convention Center

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The McGinty Conference is Oregon’s leading research and education event that highlights Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  Now in its 17th year, the McGinty Conference honors Dr. Dean McGinty, a Portland geriatrician, an early advocate for those living with dementia and a pioneer in the Alzheimer’s family-support movement. 

Since Dr. McGinty’s death in 1995, the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter has convened experts at the McGinty Conference to lead interactive sessions that focus on the many issues related to Alzheimer’s.

The McGinty Conference is geared toward individuals personally and/or professionally affected by this devastating disease. This year’s conference will be held Nov. 3 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

(Note: The 2015 McGinty Conference is currently approved for 6.5 CEUs for residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, memory care communities, licensed clinical social workers and adult foster home care providers.)


Keynote Speakers


Matthew Baumgart
Senior Director of Public Policy
Alzheimer’s Association

Matthew Baumgart is the senior director of public policy for the Alzheimer’s Association. The work under his purview includes state government affairs, policy development, global policy efforts and public health, including the Healthy Brain Initiative project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Baumgart worked for nearly 18 years in the United States Senate. Most recently, he was legislative director for Sen. Barbara Boxer of California. In this role, Baumgart supervised the legislative staff, managed all of the senator’s legislative activities and was her chief legislative strategist. Prior to working for Sen. Boxer, Baumgart worked for over 10 years for then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, primarily as legislative assistant for social policy issues, including health care.

Between his tenure in the Senate and his joining the Alzheimer’s Association in September 2009, Baumgart was the associate director of the Initiative on Financial Security at the Aspen Institute in New York City.

Baumgart is a native of Seattle, and he has a degree in communications, with a second major in political science, from Washington State University.


Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D.
Founding Director
Neuroscience Center of Excellence School of Medicine, LSU Health, New Orleans

Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D., is founding director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence, School of Medicine, LSU Health, New Orleans. He has been called “a true renaissance man”: research scientist, teacher, mentor, community leader, administrator, author, patron of the arts and entrepreneur.

His research has uncovered cellular and molecular principles that reveal novel pro-homeostatic lipid mediators and their potential relevance in early stages of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, experimental stroke, epileptogenesis, traumatic brain injury and retinal degenerations.

Among Dr. Bazan’s awards and recognitions are the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (1989); elected to the Royal Academy of Medicine, Spain (1996); elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin (1999);  elected to the Royal Academy of Sciences, Spain (1998); president of the American Society for Neurochemistry (1999-2001);  Endre A. Balazs Prize, International Society of Eye Research (2000); the Proctor Medal, ARVO (2007); the Chevreul Medal, Paris, France (2011); the Excellence Award, Annual European Association for Vision and Eye Research, Nice, France (2013); and the Mossakowski Medal, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland (2013).

Dr. Bazan also authored “Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind” (produced as the feature film “Of Mind and Music”), as well as “The Dark Madonna: A Fable of Resiliency and Imagination.” Both novels explore Dr. Bazan’s lifelong intellectual quest and exploration of a better understanding of the deep beauty and complexity of the human experience.

Watch a trailer for "Of Mind and Music."


Click here to view the workshops being offered at the 2015 McGinty Conference.




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