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Jan. 30. 2004


Alzheimer's Epidemic Topic of UW-RF Presentation

Alzheimer's disease affects over 12 million people worldwide and more than four million Americans. More than 37 million Americans know someone with the disease. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences is offering a free lecture and discussion on this tragic disease on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7-8:30 p.m. in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

"This disease accounts for the majority of senile dementias after the age of 60 and it is the largest unmet medical need in the field of neurology today," said Professor E. Katherine Miller from the UW-RF biology department. "Simply put, Alzheimer's disease is epidemic in the older population."

As the featured speaker, Miller will address the biology and pathology of the disease in non-scientific terms, and provide current and accurate information about the disease and the different treatment options that are offered. Information on support groups for caregivers will also be provided.

Miller has researched neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer's disease, since 1984. She received a grant from the National Institute of Health for this research.

This is the first of four free lectures offered by the UW-RF College of Arts and Sciences and the Outreach and Graduate Studies Office this spring. Future presentations include "Violence to our Minds: Revelations from the Encyclopedia of Censorship" with Professor Nick Karolides on Thursday, March 11; "Producing The Laramie Project" with art faculty Robin Murray, Ken Stofferahn and Suzy Messerole on Tuesday March 30; and "The Practical Art of Rhetorical Criticism: A Tool for Good Citizenship" with Professor James Pratt on Thursday, May 6.

All presentations will be held in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library on Division and Union streets in River Falls. No reservations are required to attend. For more information, call at 715/425-3256 or 800-228-5607.

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