Brain function and health will be the focus of a Staying Sharp session on April 17 at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Part of a highly recognized series, the program will emphasize successful aging, including how to navigate the booming aging industry; factors that may predict future cognitive function; and the importance of clinical trials and how to participate in them.
The program is sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, in partnership with NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community and the MetLife Foundation. Featured speakers will be:
• John H. “Jack” Byrne, Ph.D., June and Virgil Waggoner Chair; Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston; and Director, Neuroscience Research Center
• James A. Ferrendelli, M.D., Kraft W. Eidman Professor in the Medical Sciences, Professor of Neurology, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
• Sharon K. Ostwald, Ph.D., R.N., C.S., Isla Carroll Turner Chair in Gerontological Nursing; Director, Center on Aging; Professor, The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston
• James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D. (moderator), John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences and Vice Chairman for Surgical Development, Professor of Surgery, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 280 leading neuroscientists, including ten Nobel laureates, committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community is America’s foremost network of 50+ adults and organizations with a passion and affinity for education and learning. MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife for the purpose of supporting educational, health and civic and cultural organizations.
Staying Sharp is a series of public forums and educational booklets for older Americans. Since its inception in 1994, the series has been attended by more than 31,900 people in 29 cities across the United States.