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2019 AlzTalks Regional Series

Learn why there is a reason to hope. 

Defeating Dementia: Shaping our Future through Research

The foundation of our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s will be built on the work of researchers around the globe.

Our 2019 AlzTalks series features local researchers who will discuss:

  • Brain changes associated with memory loss and different types of dementia
  • Early detection
  • Risk factors and lifestyle interventions
  • Clinical trials

Western MA AlzTalks

Personalized Adaptive Clinical Trials: Personalizing Alzheimer’s Treatments

Dr. Steven Arnold and his research team take a multidisciplinary, translational approach to designing patient-oriented experimental and clinical trials for aging and dementia. Dr. Alison McManus will discuss how these personalized trials are developed using advanced digital health assessments, neuroimaging, and ultra-sensitive molecular biomarker detection technologies to evaluate various treatments on an individualized basis.

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

Wednesday September 11th, 2019
6:30pm Reception
7pm Program

Free parking onsite. Light refreshments will be served.

or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Presented by

Alison J. McManus DNP, FNP-BC, CPI
Massachusetts General Hospital

Clinical Research Nursing Manager at

the Alzheimer’s Clinical & Translational Research Unit

South Shore AlzTalks

Changes in memory: When to be concerned and what to do about them

Dr. O’Connor will provide an overview of cognitive changes that take place in the context of dementia and normal aging. She will discuss interventions including lifestyle modifications, cognitive strategies and medically based research initiatives. Her talk will be educational and will focus on helping people determine optimal interventions to support brain health.

Tuesday October 1st, 2019

6:30pm – Reception
7:00pm – Program

Laura’s Center for the Arts
97 Mill St
Hanover, MA 02339


Free parking onsite. Light refreshments will be served.

or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Presented by

Margaret O’Connor, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

Berkshire AlzTalks

New Ways of Thinking About Emotional Health, Loneliness and Social Engagement in Older Adults

Dr. Donovan will discuss her collaborative research investigating the neurology of emotional and social function in healthy older adults and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Her work aims to define emotional, behavioral and pathological changes, such as anxiety, depression and subtle changes in social function, that occur at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, prior to the onset of cognitive impairment. By recognizing these early symptoms in older adults, she seeks to enhance the detection of Alzheimer’s disease and advance treatment options to preserve cognitive and mental health in late-life. 

Wednesday October 23rd, 2019

5:30pm Reception
6:30pm Presentation

Crissey Farm Banquet House
426 Stockbridge Rd.
Great Barrington MA 01230

Free parking onsite. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration coming soon.


or call our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Presented by

Nancy J. Donovan, M.D.

Director of Geriatric Psychiatry
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Associate Researcher, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School