Event Date: Jan 26, 2011

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Jack will describe in lay terms what Dr. Alzheimer discovered 100 years ago in the brain of his patient with “senile dementia”, now called Alzheimer’s disease, what’s been added since, and how far we’ve come into finding ways to prevent these brain abnormalities from appearing in the first place, and to get rid of them after they’ve already developed (i.e. in people with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease). He’ll talk about the strategy which has dominated Alzheimer research for more than 20 years, and why we’re now having second thoughts about this. And finally, Jack will present “an optimist’s view”, his personal feelings about our hopes and chances for getting (i) a “cure”, which by convention almost always means something which stops the disease in its tracks, and (ii) treatments which might help restore memory and other lost functions, i.e. a cure of the patient and not just the disease; they may not be the same!

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Jack Diamond, Scientific Director, Alzheimer Society of Canada