Alzheimer’s Symposium Meets Demand on Long Island
Alzheimer’s disease affects the brains of 4.5 million Americans. Many of the issues surrounding this devastating degenerative form of dementia were discussed at a symposium on Monday, July 12 at 7pm in Grace Auditorium at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
“It was evident that an informational panel discussion of this kind was in demand. Despite heavy rainfall that night, the auditorium was nearly filled to capacity with people whose lives and whose loved ones lives are seriously impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Although a cure for Alzheimer’s is a long way off, many attendees were encouraged by the strides that have been made in understanding memory formation and loss,” Diane Fagiola, Director of Development at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Panelists included Emily F. Franchina, Esq., an attorney specializing in elder law; Samuel Gandy, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Director of the Farber Institute at Thomas Jefferson University; Roberto Malinow, MD, Ph.D., Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and winner of the MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research; Max Rudansky MD, Neurology Medical Director at St. Johnland Nursing Center and Chief of the Department of Neurology at Huntington Hospital; and Janet B. Walsh, founder of the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation and President of Memory Concepts. The panel was moderated by Peter C. Kohler, Vice President of Editorial Services at Cablevision Systems Corporation.
The event was co-sponsored by the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, St. Johnland Nursing Center Advisory Board and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Association and underwritten by the Banbury Fund.
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,000 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program annually hosts more than 12,000 scientists. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and the DNA Learning Center with programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu