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Cutting-Edge Research

Keep up to date on the latest in Alzheimer’s disease research. The annual AlzTalks program, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter, keeps you up to date on the latest in groundbreaking Alzheimer’s disease research by inviting local scientists to speak. Learn why there is a reason to hope. 

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Update:
Brain Health in the Digital Era


Despite the depth and breadth of Alzheimer’s disease research, effective methods for treatment remain elusive.  The emphasis on medical intervention has led to a more recent focus on identifying biomarkers decades before the threshold for clinical diagnosis is met and on developing earlier detection methods.  Digital technologies such as wearable sensors and smart home devices may offer a solution for monitoring and detecting modifiable Alzheimer’s disease-related risk factors and behavioral symptoms well before changes meet the threshold for clinical diagnosis.  These technologies could potentially lead to a more comprehensive focus on “personalized brain health” and reduce the likelihood of disease.


About the Speaker

Rhoda Au is Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She also currently serves as Director of Neuropsychology at the Framingham Heart Study, where she has been involved in research related to cognitive aging and preclinical/clinical dementia since 1990. Most recently, she has integrated digital technology into the cognitive assessment process while preserving the traditional paper-pencil test experience. In addition to her work at Framingham, Dr. Au is also currently involved in the School of Public Health led Aging Well Institute that focuses on building multi-sector ecosystems to enable solutions for chronic disease prevention generally and optimizing brain health specifically and to move the primary focus of health technologies from precision medicine to a broader emphasis on precision health.

Jonathan Jackson, Ph.D

Featuring Rhoda Au, PhD

Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Neurology & Epidemiology, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health; Senior Investigator/Director of Neuropsychology, Framingham Heart Study

Upcoming Events

Berkshire AlzTalks

Tuesday November 6th, 2018


Berkshire Medical Center
725 North St
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Or call 800-272-3900 to register for any of these events

Past 2018 Events

Western MA AlzTalks

Thursday September 6th, 2018

Bay Path University
Mills Theater in Carr Hall
588 Longmeadow St
Longmeadow MA 01106

Cape Cod AlzTalks

Tuesday June 26th, 2018

Willowbend Country Club 305
Quinaquisset Ave
Mashpee, MA 02649

Central MA AlzTalks

Wednesday April 18th, 2018

Quinsigamond Community College
Harrington Learning Center
670 West Boylston Street
Worcester MA 01608

New Hampshire AlzTalks

Monday March 5th, 2018

Manchester Community College
Multi-Purpose Room
1066 Front Street
Manchester, NH 03102


Southeastern MA AlzTalks

Tuesday April , 2018

Stonehill College
Martin Institute Auditorium
320 Washington St
North Easton, MA 02357


Stay tuned for more dates in 2018!

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