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HOPKINS RESEARCHER RECEIVES THE RONALD AND NANCY REAGAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE AWARD

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April 7, 2006

HOPKINS RESEARCHER RECEIVES THE RONALD AND NANCY REAGAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE AWARD
--- Marilyn S. Albert, Ph.D., honored for her outstanding contributions to Alzheimer’s research

Marilyn S. Albert, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Neurology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has received the 2006 Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award.

The award, presented April 5 by the Alzheimer’s Association at its national gala, recognizes Albert for her contributions to Alzheimer’s research.

The author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, Albert has focused on risk factors for AD in the aging brain and lifestyle choices that may delay the onset of AD symptoms.

Albert is co-director of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and former chair of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council. She co-wrote with her husband, Guy McKhann, M.D., a professor in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins, a book about the aging brain titled “Keep Your Brain Young” (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002).

In 1995, former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Association to establish the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute, which has awarded $12 million in research grants. The Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award was created to honor individuals who contribute outstanding research in the field of Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a donor-supported, not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s.

An estimated 4.5 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s. And as baby boomers reach the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer’s, the number of Americans with the disease could increase to 16 million by 2050.

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