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Jun 22, 2022

Alzheimer’s is a global health problem with more than 6 million people living with the disease in the U.S. alone. Tremendous gains have been made in the understanding of the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for prevention, detection, diagnostics and therapeutic interventions. The Alzheimer’s Association is a global leader in research, mobilizing the field to advance the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

Join Dr. Maria Carrillo to learn more about:

●      The landscape of Alzheimer’s and dementia science
●      Risk factors for Alzheimer’s and all other dementia
●      Highlights in early detection and diagnosis
●      Latest advances in clinical trials, treatments and lifestyle intervention

Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., is the chief science officer for the Alzheimer’s Association where she sets the strategic vision for their global research program. Under her leadership, the Association is the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research — currently investing $167 million — and an internationally recognized pioneer in convening the dementia science community. Dr. Carrillo uses her platform as a noted public speaker to play an instrumental role in the Association’s efforts to lobby for increased funding for the disease. Dr. Carrillo earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s Institute for Neuroscience and completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on Alzheimer’s brain imaging and risk factors at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

KOMO’s Denise Whitaker is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, seeking adventure in all areas of life.  She keeps viewers up to date on all aspects of news but is especially drawn to health topics. Off camera, Denise enjoys creating healthy recipes, cooking, and working out, especially running. Now in her 17th year with Fred Hutch’s Climb to Fight Cancer, Denise has counted more than a dozen summits up Mounts Rainier, Baker, Adams, Hood, Shasta, Shuksan, and two volcanoes in Mexico.  She chooses volunteer opportunities that let her promote health and physical fitness.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and the Alzheimer’s Association WA State Chapter.