In the third of four briefings looking at the growing burden of chronic disease and the promise of innovation, the Alliance for Aging Research will focus on neurological diseases. More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease, with age being the greatest risk factor. One in eight people age 65 and older, and nearly half of those over 85, have the disease. There are more than 1 million Americans who live with Parkinson's disease, with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
Alliance for Aging Research
• Dr. John Growdon, Research Advances in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Director, Movement and Memory Disorder Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
• Jennifer Zeitzer, The Societal Burden of Alzheimer's
Director of Congressional Relations
• Zakia Richburg
• Amy Comstock Rick
Executive Director, Parkinson's Action Network
• Paula Wittekind
PAN's Florida State Coordinator
This briefing is cosponsored by Parkinson's Action Network and Alzheimer's Association. This briefing series is supported by a grant from Biotechnology Industry Organization.