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14th Annual Alzheimer's Conference, Feb. 17 and 18

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MEDIA ADVISORY: A two-day conference, open to the public, will examine new approaches to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, including research into potential cures, treatments and the development of the controversial Alzheimer's vaccine.

The 14th annual Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center conference, called "Alzheimer's 2000," will take place Feb. 17 and 18 at the Durham Marriott at the Civic Center.

Reporters are invited to attend the conference. For a media pass or a detailed conference schedule, including a list of speakers, contact the medical center news office at 684-4148.

"The conference will offer a broad spectrum of information, from the most high-tech research to the practicalities of caregiving and legal information families need," says Dr. Donald Schmechel, director of the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Duke University.

A few of the conference highlights:

The latest research information into the science of Alzheimer's disease. "Synucleinopathies: Filaments, Inclusions and Nerve Cell Death," by Dr. John Q. Trojanowski, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and co-director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine;

Caregiving in the African-American community. "When Hope, Faith and Charity Matter: Family Caregiving to Cognitively and Physically Impaired African-American Elders," by Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro;

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