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NIH State-of-the-Science Conference
Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
and Cognitive Decline

April 26–28, 2010
Bethesda, Maryland

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Planning Committee

 

The planning committee was comprised of the conference panel chairperson, representatives from the sponsoring NIH Institute (the National Institute on Aging, NIA), the Office of Medical Applications of Research, the contracting Agency for the conference systematic evidence review (the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, AHRQ), and other related Federal entities. Additionally, recognized non-Federal key experts in the field were also invited to serve on the planning committee, to accomplish the following six functions:
 

 

Planning Committee members listed below provided their input at a meeting held August 19–21, 2008. The information provided here was accurate at the time of that meeting.


Planning Chair

Neil Buckholtz, Ph.D.
Chief
Dementias of Aging Branch
Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program
National Insitute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Lisa Ahramjian, M.S.
Communications Specialist
Office of Medical Applications of Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Shilpa Amin, M.D., M.Bsc., FAAFP
Medical Officer
Evidence-Based Practice Centers Program
Center for Outcomes and Evidence
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Rockville, Maryland


Lynda A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Director
Healthy Aging Program
Division of Adult and Community Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Coordinating Center for Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia


Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.
Conference and Panel Chairperson*
Director
Mental Health Clinical Research Center
Director
Psychiatric Iowa Neuroimaging Consortium
Andrew H. Woods Chair and Professor of Psychiatry
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa


Sanjay Asthana, M.D., FRCP-C
Duncan G. and Lottie H. Ballantine Chair in Geriatrics
Professor and Head, Section of Geriatrics and Gerontotogy
University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School
Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Associate Director
Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute
Madison, Wisconsin


Stephanie Chang, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Officer
Evidence-Based Practice Centers Program
Center for Outcomes and Evidence
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Rockville, Maryland


Charles DeCarli, M.D.
Professor
Department of Neurology
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, California


Emmeline M. Edwards, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Division of Extramural Research
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Jovier D. Evans, Ph.D.
Chief
Geriatric Translational Neuroscience and Geriatric Pharmacologic
Intervention Research Programs
Geriatrics Research Branch
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Steven Fox, M.D., M.P.H., S.M.
Center for Outcomes and Evidence
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Rockville, Maryland


Hugh C. Hendrie, M.B., Ch.B., D.Sc.
Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Indiana University School of Medicine Center
Scientist
Indiana University Center for Aging Research
Research Scientist
Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Jonathan W. King, Ph.D.
Division of Behavioral and Social Research
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Kathy Mann Koepke, Ph.D.
Program Director, Neuroscience
NINR Centers and Program Projects Coordinator
Division of Extramural Activities
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Barnett S. Kramer, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director for Disease Prevention
Director
Office of Medical Applications of Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Kelli K. Marciel, M.A.
Communications Director
Office of Medical Applications of Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Arthur A. Meltzer, Ph.D.
Office of Clinical Standards and Quality
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Baltimore, Maryland

 

Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D.
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine
Director, Section of Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology
Assistant Provost for Community Research
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois


Marcelle Morrison-Bogorad, Ph.D.
Director
Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Richard Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Lata S. Nerurkar, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor for the Consensus Development Program
Office of Medical Applications of Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Susan C. Rossi, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Director
Office of Medical Applications of Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.
Professor
Columbia University
New York, New York


Christine A. Swanson, Ph.D.
Office of Dietary Supplements
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Frederick W. Unverzagt, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Director
Neuropsychology Clinic in Psychiatry
Training Director
Clinical Neuropsychology Residency
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana


Molly V. Wagster, Ph.D.
Chief
Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch
Division of Neuroscience
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


*Dr. Nancy Andreasen stepped down as panel chair on January 20, 2010, due to a relationship that was unforeseen to be a possible conflict of interest; we thank her for her invaluable service in this process.



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