Alzheimer research was in the spotlight Wednesday at the Chapter’s inaugural Alzheimer’s Research Conference. Nearly 100 people spent their Wednesday morning at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Syracuse and heard from four voices in Alzheimer’s research, representing work being done to treat, prevent and cure the disease.
In his keynote speech, Dr. Dean Hartley of the Alzheimer’s Association explored the current state of Alzheimer’s disease research. He gave an in-depth explanation of recent studies that looked at the effects of sleep and late-life binge drinking has on one’s risk of developing the disease.
Hartley, who is the national organization’s director of scientific initiatives, correlated the rapid growth of Alzheimer’s disease and disparate amount of money committed to its research by the federal government in comparison to other causes of death, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, which have seen decreases in mortality due to higher government research budgets. He likened the decreasing funding and increased incidence of Alzheimer’s to “The Perfect Storm” and encouraged people in attendance to take action as advocates and participants in clinical trials.