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Dr. Petersen is the Cadieux Director of the Mayo Alzheimers Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. He has authored over 400 peer-reviewed articles on memory disorders, aging, and Alzheimers disease and edited four books on related topics. His current research focuses on the study of normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimers disease.
Dr. Coleman is an attending physician at Maine Medical Centers Geriatric Assessment Clinic and Central Maine Medical Centers Palliative Care Team. She is actively involved in the Alzheimers Association, both as a past-president of the Maine Chapter and as a former member of the national Board of Directors. Currently, she is a Board Member of the Alzheimers Impact Movement (AIM).
Mr. Hoffman is the Director of the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Long-Term Care Restructuring, and Partnership within the Office of Long Term Care in the New York State Department of Health. Mr. Hoffman oversees the development and implementation of the New York State Plan to address Alzheimers disease and other dementias. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Albanys School of Public Health and serves as Chair of the National Policy Committee of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Adjunct Professor at Maria College of Albany New York, and co-chair of the Research to Prevention (R2P) Coalition in Washington. Mr. Hoffman is also a recent graduate of the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College.
Mr. Johns is the President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, the world's leading nonprofit organization in Alzheimer research, care and support. With more than 70 chapters and nearly 300 offices, the Association provides nationwide support to individuals and families through community-based programs and a 24 hour a day / 365 days a year Help Line. Under Mr. Johns leadership, the Alzheimer's Association has undertaken a campaign to change the conversation about Alzheimer's in America through public education and has played a leading role in convening, supporting, and advancing Alzheimer's research as well as informing public policy.
Dr. Manly is an Associate Professor in the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain and the G.H. Sergievsky Center, within the Department of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research focuses on health disparities in dementia, and cultural and educational influences on the epidemiology, biomarkers, and neuropsychology of Alzheimer's disease.
Ms. Matheny is the Director of the Alzheimers Disease Outreach and Registry Program (AORP) at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. Under her leadership, the Alzheimers DiseaseOutreach and Registry Program provides training and tools to physicians to assist with screening, diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with Alzheimers disease. The unique program also maintains the West Virginia Alzheimers Disease Registry, collecting information on Alzheimer's cases from physicians to create reports that are used for research and the development of policy to support the growing number of Alzheimer's cases in the state.
Ms. McMahon is the Director of the Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines, Iowa. Early in her career she worked as a public health nurse caring for patients with Alzheimer's disease and supervised direct care professionals who provided personal care to the patients. Ms. McMahon went on to become the director of a local visiting nurse association and a local public health department. In her current position, Ms. McMahon is revising the standards of practice for local public health departments to require that they address Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment in their local needs assessments and working on dementia-care training curricula for health professionals. Ms. McMahon is part of both the leadership team that is working to capture data on cognitive impairment as well as Senator Tom Harkin's Nurse Advisory Committee, which involves discussions of dementia-related topics, including work force training and capacity issues in rural areas.
Mr. Pierce is best known as an actor. He lost his grandfather to Alzheimer's disease and shared caregiving duties with his brother and sisters when his father developed dementia. Mr. Pierce has served as a patient advocate, testified before Congress, and served on Congressional Panels on Alzheimer's disease.
Ms. Trejo is the General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging. She is the founder of El Portal: Latino Alzheimer's project and a local provider of long-term services and supports, including Older Americans Act programs. Ms. Trejo was the California delegate to the White House Conferences on Aging in both 1995 and 2005.
Mr. Vradenburg chairs the national advocacy network USAgainstAlzheimer's and the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative, and co-convenes the Alzheimer's-serving coalition Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer's Disease. Under his leadership, USAgainstAlzheimer's successfully advocated for a new dual-use Alzheimer's research program in the Department of Defense and has launched a national grassroots campaign to Stop Alzheimer's by 2020. Mr. Vradenburg has overseen Geoffrey Beene Foundation's major support for "HBO's The Alzheimer's Project" and launch of the national public service campaign "Rock Stars of Science". Alzheimer's advocacy has been a major focus of Mr. Vradenburg's civic and philanthropic work since his retirement in 2003 as a senior executive of AOL/Time Warner.
Ms. Woolfolk is a former teacher who served as a caregiver for both her mother and father, and has been caring for her husband for the past 11 years. She actively participates in support groups for caregivers and has advocated on Capitol Hill for research funding and community supports for caregivers. She assisted in the Alameda County plan for Alzheimers disease and is known in the area for her conference presentations and work on these issues.
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