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Dr. Peter Whitehouse on Revamping Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Prevention and Care

Dr. White­house will dis­cuss why and how we need to revamp Alzheimer’s Diag­no­sis, Pre­ven­tion and Care, at the upcom­ing 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (June 7–14th, 2012), build­ing on this quote he gave to an ABC News sto­ry 2 days ago:

The field of Alzheimer’s research is get­ting a lit­tle dis­tort­ed. There’s a con­stant need to focus on mag­ic bul­lets and sin­gle mol­e­cules,” White­house told ABC News. “It real­ly requires a pub­lic health focus. The most effec­tive inter­ven­tions are not going to be drugs.” 

Peter J. White­house, MD, PhD is Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­ogy as well as for­mer Pro­fes­sor of Cog­ni­tive Sci­ence, Psy­chi­a­try, Neu­ro­science, Psy­chol­ogy, Nurs­ing, Orga­ni­za­tional Behav­ior, Bioethics and His­tory. With col­leagues he dis­cov­ered fun­da­men­tal aspects of the cholin­er­gic pathol­ogy in Alzheimer’s and relat­ed demen­tias, which lead to the devel­op­ment of our cur­rent gen­er­a­tion drugs to treat these con­di­tions. He is clin­i­cally active at Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tals of Cleve­land in the Joseph Foley Elder Health Cen­ter at Fairhill Cen­ter car­ing for indi­vid­u­als with con­cerns about their cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties as they age. His research inter­ests include the neu­ro­bi­ol­ogy of what he used to refer to as Alzheimer’s dis­ease and relat­ed con­di­tions, the devel­op­ment of more effec­tive treat­ments for indi­vid­u­als with cog­ni­tive impair­ment, includ­ing drugs and non-bio­log­i­cal inter­ven­tions, eth­i­cal issues in the med­ical pro­fes­sion and inte­gra­tive health care sys­tems. He is the author (with Dan­ny George) of a provoca­tive book enti­tled The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dread­ed Diag­no­sis.

–> To learn more about his work, you can check out:

–> To Learn More about the 2012 Sum­mit and Reg­is­ter: click on 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Opti­miz­ing Health through Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, Inno­va­tion and Data (June 7–14th).

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