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Organizing Committee
OCM Member
Director
Lourdes Memory Center , USA
Biography :

Claire Henry, Lourdes Memory Center Director whose aim is to enhance the quality of life for those individuals with Alzheimer’s and other related behavioral diseases. Responsibilities include managing and coordination of all staff within the memory care unit; evaluating clinical service functions to provide optimum care for each individual resident within the Lourdes Memory Center. Emphasis has been on developing partnerships with families and creating tailored resident profiles which promotes the highest quality of care for each resident. Functions as an accomplished healthcare educator with demonstrated ability to teach, motivate clinicians, physicians and educators, while maintaining high interest and achievement. Articulate communicator who effectively interacts with diverse populations of healthcare professionals at a variety of academic levels.

Research Interest :

Behavior Management, Person Centered Care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Models

OCM Member
Associate Professor
The Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer Disease Research Center , USA
Biography :

Ornit Chiba-Falek is an Associate Professor at the Department of Neurology at Duke University. Her lab has been studying the genetic factors and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases in aging with a focus on the functional consequences of non-coding variants in dementia and Lewy bodyrelated disorders. She has received her PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before pursuing her postdoctoral training at the NIH; she was a recipient of the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Program in Aging Award in 2008. She is an Academic Editor for PLoS ONE and serves on the Editorial Boards of JPAand AIMS-Genetics.

Research Interest :

Alzheimer Disease, Dementia, Neurodegenrative diseases

OCM Member
CEO
Alzheimer Family Service Centre , USA
Biography :

Joanna joined Alzheimer’s Family Services Center as Chief Executive Officer in August 2013. With more than 20 years of progressive, professional experience in health care operations and management, Joanna has held executive leadership roles with organizations such as Adventist Health, Diversified Clinical Services, and CRC Health Group. Her background includes direct patient care as well as all aspects of administration in a variety of patient settings. She also has eight years of experience consulting for California Adult Day Programs. Joanna holds a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition, a master’s degree in business administration/finance and is also a registered dietitian.

OCM Member
Medical Director
Deep Brain Stimulation Program UC Davis Health System , USA
Biography :

As a fellowship-trained neurologist subspecializing in movement disorders, Dr. Zhang’s primary clinical and research interests are in Parkinson's disease (PD), tremor, ataxia, and other movement disorders. His particular expertise has led him to focus on the epidemiology of PD, exploring whether nutritional deficiencies in certain populations have an impact on PD. He currently serves as Chair of the Working Group on Genetic & Environmental Risk Factors for PD as part of the largest clinical research consortium in the country, the Parkinson Study Group (PSG). As a member site for PSG, the clinical trial program he leads at UC Davis has participated in many multicenter trials testing new medications for PD, several of which are now used in clinical practice. Dr. Zhang’s other clinical and research interests focus on dystonia and related movement disorders such as facial spasm, limb spasticity, and dystonic tremor, all of which can be treated with neurotoxin injections, most commonly botox. He has participated in registry studies and double-blinded clinical trials for neurotoxin therapeutics, and his services presently offer four different types of neurotoxins to accommodate the patient's needs, symptoms, previous exposure to other toxins, and a variety of other indications. Dr. Zhang also serves as the medical director of the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program at UC Davis and he is very interested in the clinical applications of DBS. Under his direction the DBS program of UCDavis has become a referral center that offers implantation surgery weekly and clinical programming visits daily, serving the greater Sacramento area and northern California.

Research Interest :

Alzheimer Disease, Dementia, Neurodegenrative diseases

OCM Member
Head of Department, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Al azhar University , Egypt
Biography :

Prof. Azza A Ali has completed her PhD specialized in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University. Her postdoctoral studies included different scientific aspects related to her specialization field with giving especial interest to researches of neuropharmacology and psychopharmacology; she also developed research line of behavioral pharmacology in Egypt. She is member of many scientific societies in Egypt and of (AAPS) American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (2002) and published more than 35 papers in reputed journals, supervised and discussed more than 50 PhD and MSc thesis and actively participated by oral and posters presentations at many international conferences especially on Alzheimers disease & Dementia. Now she is a Head of Pharmacology and Toxicology Department at Al-Azhar University and she sacrifices great effort hoping to find real treatment that can prevent or delay the progression of Alzheimers disease especially in the high-risk individuals focusing on depression, stress and malnutrition.

Research Interest :

Neuropharmacology, Psychopharmacology, Behavioral Pharmacology, Alzheimers disease and Dementia, Parkinsons disease, Depression, Schizophrenia, Anxiety (In different stressful conditions), Aggression and Social Interaction, Malnutrition and Brain Disorders, Environmental Neurotoxicity, Teratology.

OCM Member
Member
Alzheimer Europe , Germany
Biography :

Helga Rohra is a former interpreter and was diagnosed at the age of 54 with Lewy Body Dementia. She lives in Munich, Germany together with her son. Since 8 years she is a strong advocat for the rights of people with dementia. Her books: "Dementia Activist" - Jessica Kingsley Publishers,London/Washington and her newest "A victory in dementia" (only in German language) are bestsellers. As the chair of the European Working Group of People With Dementia from the very start 2012 she was involved in many international projects and is a highly appreciated speaker.

Research Interest :

Alzheimer Disease, Dementia, Neurodegenrative diseases

OCM Member
CEO
Dementia Specialists Homecare and Memory Lane Assisted Living , USA
Biography :

In addition to working in the Dementia care field for more than a decade, I know first-hand what it’s like to have a loved one with Dementia. When I was 20 year’s old my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The experience of being with my grandmother during this time opened my eyes to how much better we can do to care for our elders as well as the massive effect a loved one’s memory loss has on the entire family. Over 10+ years working for different companies in the elderly homecare field, I couldn’t shake the discouragement I felt by the low quality of care I saw for people suffering from Dementia. To me, there was a huge gap in Dementia care. What was missing from elder care, in my view, was a client-focused, human-centric approach to care from caregivers with training in how to support someone with Dementia. When I brought my desire to improve care to colleagues at the companies I worked with, however, I was often told that I’m “too sensitive”. I knew I had to do something, which is why I founded Dementia Specialists Homecare. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one who saw the deficit in proper care. Just one year after launching Dementia Specialists Homecare in 2014 our company has expanded to care for more than 35 clients in Southeast Michigan with no signs of slowing. I’m so proud to be leading a company filled with passionate, dependable, well-trained caregivers and staff as we shatter the status quo in the Dementia care industry. We know that having a loved one diagnosed with Dementia is incredibly challenging, and that’s why I’m so blessed to be a part of a company that is here to support you. In my mind, Dementia Specialists Homecare is successful for one reason: we treat our clients like family.

Research Interest :

Neuropharmacology, Psychopharmacology, Behavioral Pharmacology, Alzheimers disease and Dementia, Parkinsons disease, Depression, Schizophrenia, Anxiety (In different stressful conditions), Aggression and Social Interaction, Malnutrition and Brain Disorders, Environmental Neurotoxicity, Teratology.

OCM Member
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School , USA
Biography :

Donald A. Davidoff, Ph.D., is Chief of the Department of Neuropsychology and director of the Neuropsychology Fellowship Program at the McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Davidoff is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Psychologist, McLean Hospital. He founded the Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Unit in 1993 and was its Psychologist-in-Charge for 15 years, retiring from that position to focus on research and the Department of Neuropsychology. He has published numerous papers and book chapters on the diagnosis and management of patients with dementia, treatment resistant affective disorders, optimal aging, nonverbal learning disabilities and affective and motivational aspects of memory functioning. He is a sought after speaker for interdisciplinary conferences and has taught courses at the American Psychiatric Association Meetings consistently for the last 15 years. He is an award-winning teacher and has mentored a large number of multidisciplined professionals including pre- and post-doctoral psychologists and psychiatry residents. He is a member of the core faculty of the Harvard-South Shore Residency Training program and the McLean-MGH Harvard Residency Training Program. He has served as chairman of the Commissioner’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease and on the State House Task Force on Elder Mental Health. He was a board member (for 12 years) and treasurer of the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts. He is a senior consultant for the Levinson Institute (a psychologically oriented organizational consulting group) and teaches the Harvard Medical School’s CME course on Leadership for Physician Executives.He has also co-authored five mystery novels (Amnesia, Addiction, Delusion, Obsessed, and Guilt) under the pseudonym GH Ephron.

OCM Member
Director
Institute of Clinical Neurobiology , Austria
Biography :

Kurt A Jellinger, born 1931 in Vienna, is Professor of Neurology and Neuropathology at the Medical University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria), was director of the Department of Neurology, Lainz Hospital in Vienna and since 2002, director of the Institute of Clinical Neurobiology (Vienna, Austria). He has been the recipient of numerous international grants and awards, is a member of numerous national and international scientific societies, editor of many international journals of neurology, neuroscience and neuropathology. His publication records exceeds 1,000 in perr-reviewed journals, 170 contributions in scientific book, inclduding several as editor, as well as 1.300 lectures at international meetings. For the last 50 years, his research included many fields of clinical neuropathology, neurochemistry and descriptive neurobiology.

Research Interest :

Alzheimer Disease, Dementia, Neurodegenrative diseases

OCM Member
Chief of the Rehabilitation in Alzheimers Disease Operative Unit
National Institute of Research and Cure for Alzheimer's disease , Italy
Biography :

Dr. Davide Vito Moretti is a consultant neurologist, chief of the clinical neurophysiology service, head chief of the Alzheimer's Disease Rehabilitation Unit at the National Institute of Research and Cure for Mental disorders and Dementia S. John of God, Brescia, Italy, Professor of neurophysiology at UniLudes University in Lugano. He received his medical degree from Catholic University in Rome and completed his residency in neurology and fellowship in movement disorders at University of Trieste, Italy. Moreover, he received the PhD in neurophysiology at La Sapienza University. Dr Moretti is currently involved in research and care of subjects with Alzheimer's disease and movement disorders in the Alzheimer Operative Unit of the S. John of God Institute. Since April 2015, he is responsible of the Research Line in Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia at S. John of God Hospital.

OCM Member
Research Scientist
Second University of Naples , Italy
Biography :

Dr. Livio Luongo was born in Naples on 06-September-1979. He received degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2004. In 2008 terminated the PhD in Pharmacology at the Second University of Naples. During the PhD Dr. Livio Luongo spent half of his PhD in London “Wolfson CARD” King’s College, London, UK, working with Prof. Marzia Malcangio on the mechanism at the basis of neuropathic pain and, in particular, on the involvement of the microglia in the induction and maintenance of symptoms associated with neuropathic pain. In 2012 Dr. Luongo finished the post-doctoral fellowship. In 2013 Dr. Luongo received a national Grant to study the involvement of the peripheral and central immune system in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain from the National Ministry of Research (1.016.367 €), and he started his own research fellowship. Dr. Luongo is Author of 52 publications and several proceedings.

OCM Member
Associate Professor
Rush University Medical Centre , USA
Biography :

Terry Lichtor, MD, PhD is a practicing neurosurgeon. He has a number of research interests, and his brain tumor work is largely focused on the development of a DNA vaccine for treatment of primary and metastatic intracerebral tumors. In particular Dr. Lichtor has shown that vaccines prepared by transfer of DNA from the tumor into a highly immunogenic cell line stimulates an antitumor immune response which may be efficacious in the treatment of patients with brain tumors. Other research interests include developing a passive immunotherapeutic strategy for treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition, he has been involved in the development of a non-invasive MRI technique to measure intracranial pressure and brain compliance, and has been exploring the efficacy of this modality in managing a variety of patients with neurologic problems where intracranial pressure is an issue. Dr. Lichtor is a member of the neurosurgery faculty at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

OCM Member
Associate Professor
Alberta Health Services , Canada
Biography :

Dr. Silvius is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Calgary. He has held numerous leadership positions over his career including Division Head, Geriatric Medicine, University of Calgary; Executive Medical Director Southwest Community Portfolio, Calgary Health Region; Medical Director, Pharmacy Services at Alberta Health Services; and most recently a combined role of Provincial Medical Director, Seniors Health and Senior Medical Director, Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network. External to AHS he has served as Chair of the Expert Committee on Drug Evaluation and Therapeutics, Alberta Health; and is the current Vice-Chair of the Canadian Drug Expert Committee, CADTH. He maintains a clinical practice in geriatrics at Rockyview General Hospital. Other interests include being a co-founder of the Canadian Deprescribing Network (CaDEN), participation in TREC and the DementiaNet, and distance health care delivery. He is the Lead for Medical Assistance in Dying Preparedness, Alberta Health Services.

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