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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 7, 2011

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Names Top Researcher George Perry to Medical Advisory Board

NEW YORK, NY –The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has appointed George Perry, Ph.D., one of the world’s top Alzheimer’s disease researchers, to its medical advisory board.
Perry of Helotes, TX is dean of the College of Sciences and a professor of biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and serves on the editorial board of more than 100 journals.

Among his numerous other appointments, Perry served as president of the American Association of Neuropathologists . In addition, he is an adjunct professor of pathology and neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and an a ffiliate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Perry, a neuroscientist, is widely recognized for his work in cytopathology, a branch of pathology dealing with cell disease and damage, and has played a key role in distinguishing oxidative damage as the initial cytopathological abnormality in Alzheimer’s disease. His research has appeared in more than 800 professional publications.

In announcing Perry’s appointment, Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer, said, "We are honored that Dr. George Perry has agreed to join our board. His extensive expertise and commitment to Alzheimer’s disease research will be an extremely meaningful asset to AFA as we strive to both advance a cure and promote better care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.”

AFA relies on members of its Medical Advisory Board for expert insight and opinions on scientific issues surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well assistance with the development of AFA policies, programs and advocacy efforts related to research and care.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a leading national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include counseling and referrals by licensed social workers via a toll-free hot line, e-mail, Skype, and live chat; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484

Alzheimer's Foundation of America  866.232.8484
www.alzfdn.org