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Summer Workshop in Jackson Examines Memory Disorders

May 15, 2012 — Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders will be the focus of a workshop Thursday, June 7, at Snow King Resort in Jackson.

The University of Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) and St. John's Institute for Cognitive Health sponsor the workshop that will feature keynote speaker Jeffrey Cummings, a UW graduate and internationally renowned Alzheimer's researcher. He will share the latest findings about Alzheimer's disease research, management and treatment.

Registration before Friday, May 18, costs $45; after that, the cost is $55. Student registration fee is $25. Visit to register and for more information about the "Insight into Alzheimer's Disease and Other Memory Disorders" workshop.

Cummings directs the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. His research explores possibilities for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and the development of therapeutic drugs, and approaches to treat neurodegenerative diseases. He has written numerous books and peer-reviewed papers. Other workshop leaders are Wyoming geriatric care providers Martha Stearn, Cindy Works and Carol Taylor.

WyGEC will bring a class of about 20 UW undergraduate and graduate health sciences students to the workshop. The students also will participate in a service-learning project at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole.

"The students will have a unique opportunity to explore Alzheimer's disease from both the caregiver's and the clinician's perspective," says Catherine Carrico, WyGEC deputy director, who will teach the class. She says the conference will appeal to clinicians, faculty, caregivers and the public.

The John P. Ellbogen Excellence Fund for Geriatric Education supports the conference.

Renowned Alzheimer's researcher Jeffrey Cummings will share the latest findings about Alzheimer's disease research, management and treatment.

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