05/26/2005

D'Alessandri to Discuss Alzheimers Advances

Huntington Event Includes Update on Rockefeller Institute

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Robert M. D’Alessandri, M.D., president of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, will give Huntington-area residents a report on current research into Alzheimer’s disease June 13 at the Woodlands Retirement Community. The 10 a.m. forum, in the community’s Hampton Room, is open to the public.

The Rockefeller Institute, founded by U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, is located on the campus of West Virginia University. The independent, nonprofit institute is dedicated to the study of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases that affect memory.

Among the topics Dr. D’Alessandri will address are recently patented drugs developed from BRNI research, and progress on the construction of the institute’s $30 million laboratory on the WVU campus in Morgantown.

D’Alessandri, a physician who has treated many elderly patients during his years at WVU, also serves as the University’s vice president for health sciences. The West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently honored him with its Rockefeller Award for his work in advancing research and treatment for this disease.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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