On May 7 and 8, NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute co-sponsored a national scientific conference, “Military Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease,” in association with the US Army Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and the Alzheimer’s Association.
At the meeting, some of the nation’s leading experts on dementia, brain imaging, and military medicine explored the increasingly recognized relationship between traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder and the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. “These diseases can cause cognitive impairment and dementia, which impose terrible hardships on our Veterans and their families, as well as significant costs to the health care system,” noted the conference organizers. Participants discussed specific plans for studying the problem further and for performing clinical trials to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia in Veterans.
The conference, which took place in Arlington, VA, was chaired by Col. Karl Friedl, PhD, Director of TATRC; Michael Weiner, MD, Director of the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the San Francisco VA Medical Center; Maria C. Carrillo, PhD, of the Alzheimer’s Association; and Robert E. Obana, Executive Director of NCIRE.
The conference was held under the aegis of the Alzheimer's Association Research Roundtable, a consortium of scientists from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics, imaging and cognitive testing industries, and senior staff and advisors from the Association. Through the Research Roundtable, the Alzheimer's Association brings together scientists from around the world to discuss key areas in Alzheimer's science.
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