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Published in This Week on August 18, 2014

Round table reveals new Alzheimer’s advances

Dr. Tom Mosley, far right, professor of geriatric medicine and MIND Center director, makes a point while panelists, from left, Patty Dunn, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association/Mississippi Chapter, Mike Quayle, a Jackson businessman diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and Dr. Junming Wang, associate professor of research, listen during the Alzheimer's Research Round Table Luncheon Aug. 12 at the Manship restaurant in Jackson.

About 150 attended the event, which featured remarks by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, an advocate for Alzheimer's patients. The discussion focused on recent developments that may lead to the discovery of the causes of, and a cure for, Alzheimer's disease, which has stricken approximately 52,000 Mississippians.

The Alzheimer's Association/Mississippi Chapter co-hosted the event with the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce Partnership. Among the developments reviewed by Mosley and Wang were the discovery of a molecule that may become a biomarker for Alzheimer's, and advances in brain imaging.

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