Alzheimer's disease forum will discuss how the brain finds, stores information

DALLAS - March 30, 2006 - The Friends of the Alzheimer's Disease Center will hold its Spring Public Forum, with the topic "Understanding Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Disease," on April 11 at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The speaker will be Dr. John Hart, Jr., medical science director of UT Dallas' Center for BrainHealth.

One of the leading symptoms in Alzheimer's disease is the inability to recall memories and words. Dr. Hart investigates one mechanism by which the brain finds, stores and recalls information, and seeks to identify the disruption caused by Alzheimer's.

The 7 p.m. forum is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Simmons/Hamon Biomedical Research Buildings on UT Southwestern's North Campus, 6000 Harry Hines Blvd. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Seating is limited and attendance should be confirmed by calling the UT Southwestern Development Office at 214-648-2344.

The Friends of the Alzheimer's Disease Center was established in 1996 to provide financial support for Alzheimer's research at UT Southwestern. The group has more than 100 members, most of whom have a family member or friend touched by the disease.

One hundred percent of the group's membership contributions go directly to support Alzheimer's research at UT Southwestern.

Since its founding, the Friends of the Alzheimer's Disease Center has raised more than $650,000 for grants to young researchers. This year's recipient is Dr. Greg Allen, an assistant professor of psychiatry, who will receive a $60,000 grant at the forum.

Membership begins at $500 annually and should be sent to Friends of the Alzheimer's Disease Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888.

Members receive a newsletter and invitations to symposia where they will learn about breakthroughs from leading scientists at UT Southwestern and other institutions.

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