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NEWS | August 23, 2013

The 90+ Study the topic of UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Distinguished Lecture

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Claudia Kawas, the Al and Trish Nichols Chair in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss ‘The 90+ Study,’ one of the largest population-based studies of “the oldest of the old” in the world, during the October UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The lecture will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the UC Davis Health System Education Building, Room 1222, at the intersection of X and 45th streets.

Claudia Kawas
Claudia Kawas

During the past century, advances in public health and medical science have extended life expectancy by more than 28 years. People over age 90 now are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, yet little is known about these pioneers of aging.

Kawas, professor of neurobiology and Behavior and neurology, is associate director of the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders and principal investigator for The 90+ Study. During her lecture, she will address lifestyle and other lessons from individuals in their tenth decades of life and beyond.

Based in Leisure World in Laguna Woods, Calif., The 90+ Study’s aims are identifying factors associated with longevity in 90+ year-olds; identifying factors associated with disability and dementia in 90+ year-olds; and contrasting clinical-pathological correlations of normal cognition in 90+.

Kawas is a geriatric neurologist and researcher on aging and dementia. She concentrates on the epidemiology of aging and Alzheimer's disease and the determinants of successful aging. During the past 25 years, she has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has worked on numerous other longitudinal studies of aging and dementia, including the Bronx Aging Study, the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging.

The lecture is one of two such Distinguished Lectures hosted each year by the Alzheimer's Disease Center. Space at the lecture is limited and reservations are required. To make reservations, please contact Jayne LaGrande at 916-734-5728, jayne.lagrande@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu or visit the Alzheimer's Disease Center Facebook Page. Parking for the event is available on the street or in the adjacent parking lot.

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of only 27 research centers designated by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging. The center's goal is to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and treatment for patients while focusing on the long-term goal of finding a way to prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease. Also funded by the state of California, the center allows researchers to study the effects of the disease on a uniquely diverse population. For more information, visit alzheimer.ucdavis.edu.