6th Annual Markesbery Symposium Set for Nov. 4-5

University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its sixth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 4-5. This two-day program will offer sessions for both the scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from UK and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease.

The Markesbery Symposium is in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, the founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia.

On Friday, Nov. 4, the scientific session will be held in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium. Featured speakers are Dr. Gary Small of UCLA and Dr. Julie Schneider of Rush University. These scientists will present their latest findings and answer questions from the audience, followed by presentations from Sanders-Brown Center on Aging researchers Jose Abisambra, Ph.D., Harry LeVine, Ph.D., Peter Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., and Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the community session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Bluegrass Ballroom at the Lexington Convention Center. A continental breakfast will be provided. Keynote speakers are Dr. Small and Mary Austrom, Ph.D., of Indiana University.

Austrom is an expert on late life transitions and adjustment to retirement. She is also interested in non-pharmacological interventions for dementia patients and their caregivers, and the stress and grief associated with caring for someone with dementia.

Small has authored or co-authored several books on memory and memory loss, including "The Alzheimer's Prevention Program," "2 Weeks to a Younger Brain," and the international best-seller "The Memory Bible."

Following their presentations, Austrom and Greg Jicha, M.D., Ph.D., and Marie Smart of Sanders-Brown will answer questions from the audience.

The symposium is free and open to all, but registration is required. For more information or to register for the symposium, please visit: http://medicine.mc.uky.edu/conference/ ; phone 859-323-6040; or email paula.thomason@uky.edu.

Media Contact: Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307