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Alzheimer's experts featured at conference
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Posted: 2013 Mar 22 - 06:41

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County will host its annual "Day of Hope" conference from 8 a.m. to noon on April 11.

Featured speakers are two renowned experts: Dave Morgan, Ph.D. and Jo Huey, MA, author and founder of Alzheimer's Caregiver Institute.

Mr. Morgan is chief executive officer/executive director of the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute and Distinguished Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

The Byrd Alzheimer's Institute is a translational research center combining patient and family services, clinical research, education outreach programs and laboratory science seeking the prevention, treatment and cure of Alzheimer's and related disorders. Dr. Morgan's research interests are aging and brain function, focusing on novel treatments for Alzheimer's dementia. He is internationally recognized for his work on immunotherapy and gene therapy to treat the Alzheimer-like changes in mouse models of the disease.

He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University and spent 10 years at the University of Southern California before joining the University of South Florida in 1992. He has participated in over 70 grant-years of NIH funded research and published over 150 research articles. Dr. Morgan regularly sits on review panels for NIH and other agencies evaluating grants to develop new drugs to treat Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders. In addition to his research activities, he has consulted with both major pharmaceutical companies and small biotechnology companies regarding the development of therapeutics for Alzheimer's disease, and advised capital investment organizations regarding the most promising therapeutic approaches to curing Alzheimer's disease.

Jo Huey, The Alzheimer's Advocate, is the voice of freedom when it comes to the needs of people who give care and the organizations that cater to persons with Alzheimer's or a related disorder. Jo is the author of "The Ten Absolutes," "Alzheimer's Disease: Help and Hope" and "Don't Leave Momma Home with the Dog," as well numerous self-paced training programs for family and direct caregivers. Her insights are fresh, inspirational, educational and practical. She will captivate you with her own brand of humor and first-hand experiences, and open your eyes to the daily mistakes you are making that sabotage your care giving success and the success of your organization. She helps people see how they can turn disaster into delight, hopelessness into happiness and frustration into freedom.

This informational and inspiring conference, to be held at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd., in Vero Beach, is designed for caregivers and families of those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Cost is $15 per person and includes refreshments and continental breakfast.

The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association is currently seeking sponsors to underwrite this landmark event.

For more information about sponsorships or to register to attend the event, call (772) 563-0505 or email info@alzpark.org.

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