Event Details

Global Health @ Cornell in Boston

Throughout the day we have been monitoring the snowstorm Niko, in anticipation of the expected weather we regretfully decided to CANCEL this event.  The safety of our alumni and guests is paramount and we want to make sure you have time to prepare for the storm and get home safely.  We apologize for any inconvenience experienced as a result of this change and we will be refunding all registration fees for those who paid in advance.  We will reschedule this program in the Spring and we hope to CU then!

Global Health @ Cornell in Boston: Alzheimer’s Disease, Research & Discoveries

Cornell University is a pioneer in every aspect of health research, innovation, problem solving and advancement. Our faculty, alumni, physicians and researchers are changing the healthcare, medicinal and wellness industries as we know them. Join us for a conversation at the cutting edge of what Cornell does best – the intersection of science and research. Our program provides critical insight to Alzheimer’s disease which afflicts over 40 million people worldwide.

Professor Chris Schaffer in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University will present “Unexpectedly Stalled: The long path to understanding and treating brain flow decreases in Alzheimer’s diseaseâ€.  As you may know, Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Blood flow to the brain is reduced in Alzheimer’s patients and this contributes to the memory and cognitive problems, but no effective treatment for this, or any other aspects of the disease, exists.

Recent work in the Schaffer-Nishimura lab at Cornell has led to the discovery of the mechanism for reduced brain blood flow in Alzheimer ’s disease, has further shown that restoring blood flow both improves cognitive function, and slows disease progression. Professor Schaffer will also talk about EyesOnAlz, a citizen science platform where individuals can play the online game StallCatchers.com and help analyze the image data on brain blood flow generated by the lab.

Professor Schaffer (right) was awarded an Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship and spent a recent sabbatical as science policy advisor to Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey in Washington, D.C.

Event Details:
: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, 2 North Grove Street, Boston, MA 02114
Cost: $30.00 per person

Please note, the previously announced event, “A Conversation on Healthcare Policymaking” has been postponed.