The event is named in honor and memory of the late William R. Markesbery, M.D., founding director of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is internationally recognized for its research into Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias. Markesbery’s legacy of groundbreaking research formed the bedrock for the center’s quest to understand and treat Alzheimer’s disease and to improve the quality of life of older adults.
In the sessions for the community audience, attendees will have the opportunity to hear clinicians and researchers from the University of Kentucky and other institutions share current findings, trends, and latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease.
The keynote speaker is Allan Levey, M.D., Ph.D., of Emory University. He will be joined by Greg Jicha, M.D., Ph.D.; Erin Abner, Ph.D.; and Marie Smart, all from the University of Kentucky. Discussion by Jicha and Abner will focus on the recent controversy surrounding the approval of a new drug.