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The MDP is looking to hire a new Research Assistant. Please click here and enter the Job Requisition Number 20140562-Q to read about the position and apply.

New Study May Lead to a Blood Test for Alzheimer's Disease

2013-3-10

Researchers have discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease within three years.

The research, led by scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center, was published online Sunday in Nature Medicine, but further research is needed to verify the reliability of the blood test. "We consider our results a major step toward the commercialization of a preclinical disease biomarker test that could be useful for large-scale screening to identify at-risk individuals," says Howard Federoff, MD, Executive Vice President of the Department of Neurology at GUMC. "We're designing a clinical trial where we'll use this panel to identify people at high risk for Alzheimer’s to test a therapeutic agent that might delay or prevent the emergence of the disease."

A video and press release are available here.

The Mayor's Annual Senior Holiday Celebration

2013-11-25

The MDP will be exhibiting at the Senior Holiday Celebration, sponsored by the DC Office on Aging. The Mayor's Annual Senior Holiday Celebration will be held under the theme  "Live, Work and Play: An Age-Friendly Holiday Celebration," captures the Mayors goal of ensuring that the District is known as an Age-Friendly City, an inclusive and an accessible environment that encourages active healthy aging.

The event will take place Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the DC Armory at 2001 East Capitol Street, SE. For more information and to reserve a ticket, call  (202) 724-5626, and visit the event website for more information.

Potential new biomarker for Alzheimer's disease 

2013-11-14

Dr. Turner spoke to BBC News about an exciting new potential biomarker for Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have found that mice with Alzheimer's disease showed loss of thickness in their retinas, and are interested to see if humans with Alzheimer's disease show the same retinal thinning.

"Human studies are needed to test this idea as a diagnostic [test]. Current leading biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease are either very costly or invasive. A retinal thickness scan - as measured by optical coherence tomography - would be both inexpensive and non-invasive."

Read the full article here.

Slides from the MDP Afternoon Tea 

2013-11-11

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the MDP Afternoon Tea on Friday, November 8. We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. Click here to see the slides from Dr. Turner's presentation.

Join us for the MDP Afternoon Tea! 

2013-10-16

The Memory Disorders Program invites you to afternoon tea to hear the latest updates on our research. The presentation will be held n the New Research Building Auditorium at Georgetown University on November 8 from 2PM to 3PM.
Our next luncheon to celebrate the MDPs 15th anniversary will take place in 2014 (details will follow.
Click here for more information and to RSVP, or call Alyssa at (202) 687-2352.

MDP Speaks: Healthy Aging, Risk Factors, Minority Considerations, and Research 

2013-09-18

The Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center is partnering with the Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program to offer a free, educational presentation about memory loss and minority health.

Presented by: Brigid Reynolds, NP, and Carolyn Ward, MSPH, Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program

Location: Holy Cross Resource Center, Room 11B
9805 Dameron Drive, Silver Spring, MD  20902

Date:   Thursday, September 19, 2013
Time:   6-7:30 pm

Caregivers and professionals are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and to register, call 301-754-7151.

Join us at the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's! 

2013-09-04

The Memory Disorders Program will be walking at the 2012 Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk on Saturday, October 26 at 9:30am on the National Mall.

Click here to register or donate to the Memory Disorders Program Team, or click here for more information..

We're hiring!

2013-08-08

The Memory Disorders Program is looking for a new nurse practitioner to join our team.
 

Responsibilities of the Nurse Practitioner:

  • Provide specialized clinical care for patients with memory disorders and other age-related conditions. Assess, evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with dementia.
  • Performs and documents complete medical history and physical/neurological examinations.
  • Orders and evaluates laboratory, radiology, and other diagnostic test reports.
  • Maintains full prescriptive authority and prescribes medications as indicated for treatment of dementia and dementia related symptoms.
  • Provides ongoing management of care for patients with dementia, collaborates with program director and interdisciplinary (ID) team members as deemed necessary, evaluates new patient referrals for appropriateness to dementia program, participates in all aspects of the Memory Disorders Program (MDP) clinical trial program and recruits subjects for trial participation.
  • Responsible for all aspects of clinical care of subjects as defined per study protocol. Supervises work of Research Assistants with dementia clinic related administrative tasks, and clinical trial related responsibilities.
  • Provides instruction to students, residents and fellows. Participates in community outreach efforts to educate clinicians and lay persons about dementia, Alzheimers disease treatment, and related research.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires a Master's degree and State License in DC as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner and CPR certification
  • Experience in evaluating and providing care to cognitively impaired individuals and clinical trial coordination preferred.
  • Georgetown University offers attractive benefits, including a tuition assistance plan. We encourage qualified applicants to submit a cover letter and resume online to job number 2013-1066F.

Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity in the workplace.

Click here to apply!

We need your help! 

2013-07-30

The GUMC Memory Disorders Program is seeking a new setting in which to conduct its annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon.  Since this is a cost borne by our program, we want to find a site (a house of worship or other meeting place) that is accessible and has parking.

We are willing to pay a fee for the use of space and would like to conduct the luncheon on
Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 12 noon – 3 PM in the metropolitan DC area.  We welcome
your suggestions.

Please contact Alyssa deGuzman at (202) 687-2352 with your suggestion.

Undiagnosed Pre-Diabetes Highly Prevalent in Early Alzheimer's Disease 

2013-07-25

Read Dr. Turner's article about diabetes and Alzheimer's disease patients here.

WAMU 88.5's Caregiving Forum 

- 2013-04-22

On  May 14th, MDP Program Coordinator Carolyn Ward, MSPH will be attending WAMU's Caregiving Forum, which will feature a discussion about the often-overlooked needs of caregivers. This event is open to the public, so for more information including how to register, please visit their event page.

The Official ADCS Blog

2013-04-11

The Memory Disorders Program works in close collaboration with the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study to explore new clinical trials and receive updates about the current research. Read and subscribe to the ADCS blog to receive up-to-date information about new potential studies, as well as the latest findings in Alzheimer's disease research.

Dr. Turner on the Diane Rehm Show 

2013-01-23

Dr. Turner was recently featured in the segment "The Ongoing Battle Against Alzheimer's" on the Diane Rehm show. If you missed it, you can listen to the broadcast here.

Dr. Turner's slides from the 6th Annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Lunch 

2012-12-07

For those of you who were able to attend, we hoped you enjoyed the Annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon held on November 17, 2012. We've posted the presentation that Dr. Turner gave for your perusal:

R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD 2012 Memory Disorders Program 6th Annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon [pdf]
Thanks again for attending!

The Sixth Annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon

2012-10-10

You are cordially invited to attend the Memory Disorders Program's Sixth Annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, November 17 from noon to 3pm.

Please click here for more information, or call Christine Sawda at (202) 687-9078 to RSVP.

Join the MDP at the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimers 

2012-09-24

The Memory Disorders Program will be walking at the 2012 Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk on Saturday, October 22 at 9:30am on the National Mall. We will also be staffing a table where we'll provide information about our clinic, and about ongoing research being conducted at Georgetown University.

Click here to register or donate to the Memory Disorders Program Team, or here for more information.

Dementia Arts on Capitol Hill

2012-08-28

Co-produced by Alzheimer's Poetry Project and National Center for Creative Aging, this event will feature a briefing on arts and dementia research on Thursday, September 20 from 11am to 1pm in the Russell Senate Office in Washington, DC.

Click here for more information.

MDP's Brigid Reynolds on The Diane Rehm Show

 2012-07-16

The Memory Disorders Program's own Brigid Reynolds was a guest on today's Diane Rehm show [thedianerehmshow.org] on NPR. The show, "The Latest Research on Alzheimer's Disease", featured information on a recent findings and commentary from experts in Alzheimer's Disease research.

Please listen to a streaming version of the Dian Rehm show [thedianerehmshow.org] originally aired on  NPR WAMU 88.5.

Georgetown Leads National Resveratrol Study for Alzheimer's Disease

2012-06-22

Dr. Turner is the lead investigator in a nation-wide study to determine the effect of Resveratrol, a compound found in red grapes, on individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Click here for the full story.

MDP and Dr. Turner in the news

2012-06-05

We're pleased to share some recent news stories featuring the Memory Disorders Program and our Director, Dr. Turner. Please follow the links below for the full articles.
 

Studying the effects of resveratrol on Alzheimer's Disease

On advancing Alzheimer's Disease clinical research

Also, please view our Recruiting Studies for information on how to participate.

Dr. Scott Turner to be honored at the Washington Monuments Luncheon

2012-03-26

The Washington Monuments Luncheon, a 15-year tradition of the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter, is returning to the Washington DC Metropolitan Area! After a two-year hiatus, this memorable event will be making a fresh new appearance to honor individuals/organizations making a significant difference in the fight against Alzheimer's. Dr. Turner is one of this year's honorees and will be among the speakers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC
11:30am: Reception and Silent Auction
12:30pm: Luncheon

Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.

Music for the Mind Fundraising Event 

2012-02-21

Music for the Mind is a fundraising event to support research for neurological diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.

Where: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

When: March 31, 2012 | 6 PM Reception, 8 PM Performance

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets: http://gumc.georgetown.edu/musicforthemind/

Memory Cafes in DC 

2012-01-23

What is it?
A Memory Cafe is a casual social meeting venue for those with progressive memory or cognitive impairment and their caregivers. There are activities for those seeking information, resources and fellowship.

  • Information is available from organizations in the Washington, D.C. area that provide support to those living with dementia / Alzheimers disease.
  • Those living with various forms of dementia and their caregivers share experiences and wisdom.

Where can I find a Memory Cafe?

Existing:
Club Memory, sponsored by the Sibley Senior Association
Meets: Second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3:30 PM
Where: Sibley Hospital
Contact Marti Bailey at (202) 364-7602.

GreatFalls/Reston/Memory Cafe, serving Great Falls, Reston, Herndon and Vienna, VA
Meets: First and third Thursday of every month from 2 to 3:30 OM
Where: Andrew Chapel Methodist Church
1301 Trap Rd
Vienna, VA
Contact: Carol Blackwell (571) 236-6933 or lovriver@aol.com

Interested in attending, organizing, or volunteering at a Memory Cafe? Contact:
Carol Blackwell -- lovriver@aol.com / (571) 236-6933
Elise Schoux -- emps41@hotmail.com / (202) 965-4482

Check out our Fall 2011 MDP Newsletter!

2011-12-01

Please check out our Fall 2011 MDP Newsletter [pdf] which includes:

  • Information about clinical studies open for recruitment,
  • A reflection on a participation in research studies, and
  • New diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease

Download the newsletter from our News section.

The Fifth Annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon 

2011-10-27

Patients, research participants, and families are cordially invited to attend our Fourth Annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon. The current program director, Dr. Scott Turner, and John M. Lynham Jr. from Foley and Lardner, LLP, will both be presenting, and the Harmony Heritage Singers will perform.

Where: Leavey Center, Georgetown University at 3800 Reservoir Rd, NW
When: Saturday, November 19 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Please RSVP with your name, phone number, and number of guests in your party to Jason at (202) 687-8800, or register online at http://mdppcal2011.eventbrite.com/.
We hope to see you there!

Join us for the 2011 National Memory Walk! 

2011-10-04

The MDP will be participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, November 5 on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Click here to join our team! Please consider making a donation. Your contributions support the Alzheimer's Association's continued efforts to raise awareness and promote the continued study of Alzheimer's disease. Please visit the event website for more information.