‘Promise you’ll never put me in a nursing home’

Here is an article from the Washington Post about the decision to place family members with Alzheimer's disease in nursing homes with interviews from local familes.

Annual Tea with the MDP

A huge thank you to everyone who came out for our Afternoon Tea with the MDP on November 13th. We would also like to thank the Georgetown Chimes for graciously performing for us. If you have suggestions for next year's event, please comment here.

Walk To End Alzheimer's 2015

This October was the Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's on the National Mall. The Memory Disorders Program Memory Walk Team raised over $7,000!

Receiving an Award for Study Participation

Brigid Reynolds, NP presents Stephen Gaw, Nerv grwoth Factor Study Subject, with an award citing his "selfless participation" in this Alzheimer's Research Study as his daughter Monique Gaw, and Paul Ipanag look on.

Facing Alzheimer's Disease with Hope

GUMC and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics recently hosted the screening of “The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer’s Together". Dr. Turner was one of the panelists for an after screening discussion. Here is the entire story.

Resveratrol Study in the News

Dr. Turner recently published an article for the Neurology journal on his study looking at Resveratrol and its affect on Alzheimer's disease. You can read the news stories on CNN and Washington Post

There is also a press release on the Georgetown website front page! Watch the video here:


Georgetown researchers find that a biomarker that declines when Alzheimer's disease progresses was stabilized in people who took a purified form of a compound found in red grapes, raspberries, dark chocolate and some red wines.

Posted by Georgetown University on Monday, September 14, 2015


New Analysis of Solanezumab

The Alzheimer's Assocation had their annual International Conference in Washington DC in July 2015. One of the highlights of the conference was the most recent anaylsis of an investigation drug, Solanezumab. This drug is being studied in multiple different trials, including the A4 study. Read about the results here.

A4 Study in the New York Times and Associated Press

The Associated Press recently published a story about the A4 Tau substudy. The story appeared in many major news websites including the New York Times and Yahoo! News. One of our own subjects in the A4 study was interviewed along with Dr. Turner, the director of the Memory Disorders Program and the Principal Investigator on the A4 Study at Georgetown. Check it out!

Here is the TV version of the story as well!

The Mayor's Annual Senior Holiday Celebration

On December 10th, 2014, Carolyn Ward staffed a table at The Mayor's Annual Senior Holiday Celebration presented by the DC Office on Aging and the Senoir Service Network. The DC Office on Aging assists older adults and persons living with disabilities remain indepedent and involved in their neighborhoods and communities for as long as possible. For more information or to get connected to one of the many programs offered, call 202-724-5626 or visit Thank you to those who stopped by our booth and grabbed the information flyers!

"Doctor's Speak Out" Panel

Source: Georgetown University Medical Center

(Photo source: Georgetown University Medical Center)

On December 3rd, 2014, GUMC hosted a panel discussion comprised of experts on Alzheimer's Disease. They described the new research currently being conducted in the labs and remain hopeful for the future of those at risk for the disease. To read more, click here.

Afternoon Tea with the MDP

The Memory Disorders Program held its annual patient and caregivers appreciation event on November 14th. Thank you to all who came! Click here to see photos and a video from the event!

Click here to view the presentation slides from the event!

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®

On Saturday October 25th, members of the MDP, patients, and friends came together to raise over $5000 for the Alzheimer's Assocation.

Carolyn Ward speaking at Glover Park

More opportunities to learn about the A4 study

The A4 study was recently featured in in the Washington Post, and watch a news piece about it on ABC7.

Visit our Research page to learn more about the A4 study, or visit If you are interested in participating, please call (202) 687-8800.

Dr. Turner discusses the A4 Study on NBC4

You may have seen Dr. Turner on your local news discussing the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study (A4 Study for short). In case you didn't, you can watch the interview here.

  • The A4  study will enroll 1,000 people between the ages of 65 through 85 with normal thinking and memory function but with evidence of amyloid plaque buildup in the brain.
  • Physicians and researchers will use PET amyloid imaging scans to determine whether a potential participant has evidence of elevated amyloid buildup
  • Individuals with elevated amyloid on the PET scan will be eligible to become participants in the A4 clinical study.
  • People who do not show evidence of elevated brain amyloid may be asked to participate in a separate study.   This group will not receive the study drug but will complete the same memory tests every six months to compare changes in cognition over time.

Visit our Research page to learn more about the A4 study, or visit If you are interested in participating, please call (202) 687-8800.

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


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


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 


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 


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! 


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 


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! 


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..

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


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

WAMU 88.5's Caregiving Forum 

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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


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 


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 


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


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 


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


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


The Memory Disorders Program's own Brigid Reynolds was a guest on today's Diane Rehm show [] 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 [] originally aired on  NPR WAMU 88.5.

Georgetown Leads National Resveratrol Study for Alzheimer's Disease


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


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


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 


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:

Memory Cafes in DC 


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?

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

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

The Fifth Annual Patient and Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon 


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
We hope to see you there!

Join us for the 2011 National Memory Walk! 


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.