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17:00 - 18:00 5 March 2013

To Conquer Confusion: The Struggle for a Coherent Framework for Dementia in Modern Medicine


G01 Lankester Lecture Theatre | Medewar Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Jesse F. Ballenger, Associate Professor, Science, Technology and Society, Penn State University

Since 1980, the massive investment of financial, institutional, and intellectual capital into research on the causes of and possible treatments for Alzheimer’s disease by both the federal government and private industry has helped to transform research on dementia from a small field with a broad agenda, to a massive multi-faceted research enterprise focused much more narrowly on pathological mechanisms. This has created unprecedented challenges in terms of managing the scale and scope of research, harmonizing clinical experience and laboratory knowledge generated in widely different contexts, negotiating the relationship between industry and academic research and diagnosing and treating multiple complex chronic conditions related to processes of aging. Understanding the transformation of the Alzheimer’s field in this period will yield great insight into what it means to research, diagnose, treat and live with chronic disease in late modernity.


Dr Stephen Jacyna
+44 (0)20 7679 7179 | s.jacyna@ucl.ac.uk


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