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Alzheimer’s Association Teams Up with U-M, MSU Experts for Virtual Dementia Research Presentations

Alzheimer’s Association Teams Up with U-M, MSU Experts for Virtual Dementia Research Presentations
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June 5, 2020
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The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is teaming up with Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center experts Bruno Giordani, Ph.D., and Irving E. Vega, Ph.D., to present Alzheimer’s and dementia research updates to Michiganders in June to coincide with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.

Available in English and Spanish, the free virtual presentations are designed for caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about dementia research. They will provide up-to-date information on what is currently known about Alzheimer’s disease and offer insight into where future research may be headed. 

“We’re thrilled to have such remarkable experts on-hand to educate and inform Michigan residents about the dementia research landscape,” said Jean Barnas, Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter programs services director. “Participants can expect to learn from them more about the biological and neurological processes associated with dementia, their implications for research hypotheses, and promising next steps for clinical studies, such as potential targets for drug-therapies, early detection and prevention.”

Participants can choose to attend one or more of the sessions below.

Tuesday, June 16
2-3:30 p.m.
Bruno Giordani, Ph.D.
Register here

Thursday, June 18
5-6:30 p.m.
Bruno Giordani, Ph.D.
Register here

Thursday, June 25 -- Spanish speaking presentation
6-7:30 p.m.
Irving Vega, Ph.D.
Register here

Bruno Giordani, Ph.D., serves as the senior director for the Mary A. Rackham Institute in the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School and as the chief of psychology for the department of psychiatry. He is a tenured professor in the departments of psychiatry, neurology, and psychology, as well as at the School of Nursing. He also is associate director of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center and has a longstanding history of connecting with the community to promote a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions.
Dr. Giordani’s research initiatives focus on a cross-cultural perspective on the early assessment of cognitive and behavioral changes associated with medical illness and the interaction of cognition and mobility across the life-span.

Irving E. Vega, Ph.D., serves as associate professor of translational neuroscience and the director of the Integrated Mass Spectrometry Unit at MSU. Among many other experiences, his research training included a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neuroscience Department at the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic, where he developed his research career focusing on the identification of proteome changes associated with the accumulation of pathological tau proteins in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Vega’s research is directed toward the understanding of how neurons respond to the presence of pathological tau in different brain regions that are susceptible or resistant to tau-mediated neurodegeneration. He has dedicated his career to developing training programs for undergraduate students in order to increase diversity in the field of neuroscience. 

For more information, visit or contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900. 

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