October 2010

ACT-AD to Host Workshop on Streamlining Phase II Clinical Trials

ACT-AD, together with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discover Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, will host a workshop to bring together FDA officials, researchers, clinicians, advocacy groups and industry to discuss challenges in recent Alzheimer’s disease drug development. In the area of Alzheimer’s disease, the efficiency of each phase of clinical investigation for new treatments is critical to ensuring timely patient access. This workshop will explore novel approaches to improving the way in which Phase II trials for disease-modifying therapies are designed in the future.

The workshop is a public event that will be held on November 30, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the HiltonRockvilleExecutiveMeetingCenterin Rockville, MD.There is no fee to attend and all ACT-AD members are encouraged to participate. For more information, please contact Cynthia Bensat [email protected].

Alzheimer’s and Aging Advocates Partner to Highlight NIA Research on Capitol Hill

In honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Alliance for Aging Research, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Friends of the NIA, and Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease will host two one-hour briefings on Capitol Hill titled “Leading the Way on Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging Research.”  These briefings are intended to educate congressional staff and other interested parties about the groundbreaking research efforts supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).There will also be an informative discussion of NIA’s funding by these leading advocacy organizations. Featured speakers will include Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Representative Edward Markey (D-MA), Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Dr. Richard Hodes, M.D., Director, NIA.

Both briefings will take place on November 18, 2010. The House briefing will be held in room 121 of the Cannon House Office building from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The Senate briefing will be from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in room 432 of the Russell Senate Office Building. To RSVP please email Shane Austin at [email protected].

AFA to Host 8th Annual National Memory Screening Day

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, an ACT-AD member, is sponsoring its 8th annual National Memory Screening Day.  On November 16, 2010, community sites nationwide will offer free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials to the public.  Screening sites include Alzheimer’s agencies, assisted living residences, long-term care facilities, doctors’ offices, hospitals, senior centers, YMCA’s, pharmacies and other community venues.  To assist the in this year’s National Memory Screening Day or for more information, visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org, or call 866-AFA-8484.