Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Two experts on Alzheimer’s from the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will speak at Transylvania University as part of the Alltech Lecture Series on Aging and Mortality. The lectures begin at 7 p.m. in Transylvania’s Carrick Theater in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center. Each speaker will answer questions from the audience after speaking and a reception will follow.  

On March 24, Frederick Schmitt, a neuropsychologist and Alzheimer’s researcher, will present “100 Years of Alzheimer’s Research: What Do Therapeutic Interventions Have to Offer?” Schmitt studies various forms of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common. This progressive degenerative brain disease currently cannot be prevented or cured. His research focus is on early detection of dementia and outcomes of therapeutic interventions in Alzheimer’s disease.

On Tuesday, April 7, Charles D. Smith, professor in Alzheimer’s research in the department of neurology, will present “How Can We Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?” Smith’s research focus is on applying structural and functional imaging techniques to the prediction, qualification and diagnosis of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Transylvania public relations office at (859) 233-8120.