Alzheimer’s Expert Keynotes Conference on Aging at The University of Scranton

March 16, 2015

Steven Trent DeKosky, M.D., a national leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research and advocacy, will deliver the keynote address at The University of Scranton’s fifth annual Conference on Aging. Titled “Perspectives on Aging and the Brain: Restorative-Medical-Spiritual-Caregiving,” the conference will be held in the DeNaples Center on the University’s campus on Thursday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. DeKosky, professor emeritus of neurology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and adjunct professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will present “Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease” during the conference. Dr. DeKosky is the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He is also a visiting professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

A frequent lecturer and commentator for the press on Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging nationally, Dr. DeKosky has testified several times before U.S. Senate committees in support of increased research funding for Alzheimer’s disease. He has met with government officials in other countries as a consultant and advocate for programs and support for people with dementia.

The founding chair of the Advisory Council of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Treatment (ISTAART), Dr. DeKosky was elected to a second three-year term as chair in 2011. In that position, Dr. DeKosky also serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dr. DeKosky has received the Rita Hayworth Award from the Alzheimer’s Association and the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award for his contributions to research and advocacy on behalf of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. In 2008, he received the Zaven Khachaturian Award from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference for his contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research.

The recipient of a Teacher Investigator Development Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the Presidential Award of the American Neurological Association, Dr. DeKosky has been listed continuously in “The Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors” for over a decade – most recently in 2014. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of several leading neurology and Alzheimer’s journals.

Dr. DeKosky has served on and led many National Institutes of Health review and advisory committees, and he has taught and mentored in clinical research training programs sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and NINDS.

The University of Scranton’s Conference on Aging will enable participants to merge academic findings with practical applications by facilitating collaboration between practitioners, health care institutions and academic centers. 

Organized into four concurrent tracks – restorative, medical, caregiver and spiritual – the conference features additional presentations and workshops led by specialists from Geisinger Health System, The University of Scranton, The Commonwealth Medical College, Allied Services, University of Florida, Harvard Medical School, Emory University Hospital, United Way and Misericordia University.

Geisinger Health System is sponsoring the conference’s continuing education component, and Allied Services Integrated Health Systems is a key supporting partner of the conference. Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a contributor. Participants are eligible to obtain continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and administrators of nursing homes and residential care/assisted living facilities.

For additional information or to register, visit www.scranton.edu/academics/cas/aging-conference, or contact Herbert Hauser, Ph.D., conference founder and research scientist at the University of Scranton, at 570-941-5860 or herbert.hauser@scranton.edu.

 

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