News Release: Emory Healthcare, School of Medicine

Apr. 9,  2009

Experts Discuss Brain Fitness and Aging at Public Forum


Brain fitness and current advances in brain research will be the focus of an April 18 public forum at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Part of the Staying Sharp series, the program will address the following topics:

  • How the "plastic" brain changes throughout life
  • Memory loss: What's normal and what's not
  • Research and treatments for diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
  • The role of the caregiver


Coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and NRTA: AARP's Educator Community, with support from the MetLife Foundation. Featured speakers will be:

  • Lonnie Ali, wife and caregiver of Muhammad Ali
  • Mahlon R. DeLong, MD, W.P. Timmie Professor of Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Allan Levey, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, Emory University; Director, Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
  • Moderator: Guy McKhann, MD, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, The Johns Hopkins University


Saturday, April 18
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Cobb Galleria Centre, Ballroom CD, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339


To attend this free public event, please call 877-926-8300. Space is limited.


Staying Sharp is a joint project of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and NRTA: AARP's Educator Community. The Atlanta event is being hosted by AARP Georgia and the Georgia Retired Teachers Association, supported by a grant from the MetLife Foundation. Staying Sharp is a series of public forums and educational booklets for older Americans. Since its inception in 1994, more than 30,000 people in 29 cities across the United States have attended the series.

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 280 leading neuroscientists,including 10 Nobel laureates, which is committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

Learn more about Emory’s health sciences:
Twitter: @emoryhealthsci

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