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Media Contact: Kathi Baker 13 November 2006
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The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center of Emory University Will Hold a Seminar
The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center of Emory University will hold a seminar "So, if my mother had it...? The Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease" on Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Alumni Auditorium, 1520 Clifton Rd.

Randy Martin, MD, Emory University School of Medicine professor and WSB-TV medical reporter, will lead a panel discussion. Panel members include Paul M. Fernhoff, MD, FAAP, Department of Genetics, Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology and Principle Investigator of the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Ami R. Rosen, MS, genetics counselor; and Sheila Humberstone, family member.

Alzheimer's disease (AD), which currently affects 4.5 - 5 million Americans, gradually destroys memory and the ability to learn, reason, make judgments and communicate. One hundred years after the first diagnosis of AD, November 3, 1906, researchers have made progress on new treatments for Alzheimer's disease and others are on the horizon. Ground breaking research on identifying the earliest sign of memory loss is taking place at Emory and around the country through the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Researchers now want to learn how to identify presymptomatic individuals so when preventative treatments are available they can be prescribed appropriately. While Alzheimer's researchers have made significant strides over the last 100 years, families facing Alzheimer's want to know, "What is my risk of inheriting Alzheimer's disease?"

Experts will cover:

- The facts about genetic risk and protection.

- The how, what, and - especially -- the why of genetic testing.

- Get answers to the questions you want to ask -- and to the questions you didn't think about asking.

The Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter are sponsoring this event which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-778-7777.

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