text: charting the future: innovation in dementia research, treatment and care

Friday, September 28, 2018, 12-2pm, DoubleTree, South Portland ME
Check-in and exhibitions begin at 11:30am



Online registrations for this event have now closed. If you would still like to register, please call 207-396-6533 to check on available seating. Prepayment with a credit card over the phone is required. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.



Charting the Future: Innovation in Dementia Research, Treatment, and Care is an educational luncheon that brings together a panel of policy makers, researchers, and care providers to share developments in dementia research, treatment, and care. Scheduled to speak are Senator Susan Collins, Senator Angus King, Gareth Howell Ph.D., a leading Alzheimer’s researcher with The Jackson Laboratory, and Dorene Rentz, PsyD, Co-Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Additionally, Dr. Ivana Rubino from Biogen, a leading biopharmaceutical company will speak about their Dementia/Alzheimer’s pipeline. They have ongoing clinical trials for 3 products, two of which are in Phase III. Jud Knox, Chief Executive Officer, President and Trustee of York Hospital will moderate the panel discussion. Pat Callaghan, Co-anchor of WCSH NEWS CENTER Maine is our emcee for the afternoon.

Senator Susan Collins, founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s and the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee is a leading champion to advance Alzheimer’s research and improve the lives of those living with the disease and their family caregivers. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins successfully led efforts to increase Alzheimer’s research funding, and is the author of the BOLD Alzheimer’s Act to build a public health infrastructure, a new approach that promises to improve care for people with Alzheimer’s.

Senator Angus King is a strong advocate for senior citizens having cosponsored several bills to accelerate Alzheimer’s disease research funding as well as support for caregivers, including BOLD (Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act 2/18). BOLD aims to create a national public health network to increase early detection and diagnosis as well as preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

Dr. Howell, with Maine’s own Jackson Laboratory. applies genetics and genomics to identify fundamental processes involved in the initiation and early propagation of age related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Dr. Rentz is a Brigham and Women’s researcher who has focused on early detection of cognitive and behavioral changes in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease using novel cognitive assessments as well as amyloid and tau PET imaging. Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently announced that their Anti Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease is the first trial to investigate whether a drug can reduce the plaque buildup in the brain and effectively stop the disease from progressing in older individuals.

Dr. Rubino is the Global Head of the Alzheimer Medical team at Biogen. Ivana has spent many years working in the Alzheimer’s field to advance the science and the clinical practice to optimize the management of people living with this devastating disease.  Ivana holds a double Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics and a PhD in Immunogenetics. 



Tickets to this event are $40 per person. Ticket includes the two-hour session and lunch.



Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Kate Putnam at 207-396-6590 or kputnam@smaaa.org for more information.


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