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Professor Rogers.Untreated poor vision and dementia (Professor Mary A. M. Rogers, March 2010): Mary A. M. Rogers (Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science) is the Research Director of the Patient Safety Enhancement Program at the University of Michigan Health System and Ann Arbor Veteran Affairs Medical Center. In a study published online recently at the American Journal of Epidemiology website —prior to the printed edition, she and co-author Doctor Kenneth Langa have found a very interesting association between untreated poor vision and the risk of dementia, particularly focusing on Alzheimer Disease. She has very kindly accepted an interview on the topic, and we are very proud to present it to our visitors.

Profesor Galvin.Cognitive fluctuations on Alzheimer disease (Professor James E. Galvin, January 2010): James E. Galvin (Medicine Doctor, Master of Public Health) is Associate Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurobiology, and Director of the Memory Diagnostic Center at the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri. He received a Research Award in Geriatric Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology in 2006, and the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology from the Washington University in 2002 . He has just published in Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology, an excellent article on the effect of cognitive fluctuation on neuropsychological performance in aging and dementia.

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Professor Nathan HerrmannDementia and driving cessation (Professor Nathan Herrmann, September 2006): Nathan Herrmann is Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto Canada. He's also Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His major contributions to neuroscience research are in the areas of the clinical pharmacology of dementia (treatment of behavioural disturbances and cognition), post-stroke depression, and the pharmacotherapy of late-life affective disorders. He has just published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal a 3-year study on driving cessation for patients with mild-to-moderate dementia, and has kindly accepted an interview on this topic.

Doctor Martha C. Morris.Dementia and nutrition (Doctor Martha Clare Morris, May 2005): Martha Clare Morris is an Associate Professor at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging and the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center. She is the organizing chairperson of the International Academy of Nutrition and Aging 2006 Symposium on Nutrition and Alzheimer's Disease/Cognitive Decline, Chicago, USA. Doctor Morris is one of the pioneers in research on dietary risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cognitive change with aging. She has published findings on the relation of antioxidant nutrients, dietary fats, and the B-vitamins to these conditions.

Doctor Kenneth Langa.Mixed dementia (Doctor Kenneth Langa, April 2005): Kenneth Langa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan (UM), an Investigator at the Veterans Affairs Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research, and a Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research. He is currently the Co-Director of the UM SGIM (Society for General Internal Medicine)-Hartford Collaborative Center for Research and Education in the Care of Older Adults and the UM Patient Safety Enhancement Program. His current research focuses on estimating the societal costs of chronic disease among older adults, with a focus on Alzheimer's Disease, dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

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Professor Ian McKeith.Dementia with Lewy bodies (Professor Ian McKeith, November 2004): Ian McKeith is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH), Wolfson Research Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Previously Course Director for the Newcastle Undergraduate Psychiatry module (1989-2000), he currently teaches old age psychiatry to medical students on clinical placement and to postraduate trainees in psychiatry, and supervises research students and staff. He has kindly accepted an interview on Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB), a frequent -and often underdiagnosed- type of dementia he is very familiar with. Since the early 90's, he has pioneered the research to gain an understanding of DLB, and to identify it as a separate and distinct disease.

Professor S. Gauthier.Cholinesterase inhibitors switching (Professor Serge Gauthier, January 2004): Professor Serge Gauthier is Senior Scientist of the Medical Research Council/Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada Health Program. Professor of the Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Psychiatry at the McGill University, he was Director of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, from 1986 to 1997. His research interests include etiology and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, the development of consensus guidelines on approval and use of antidementia drugs, and on the rights of persons with dementia to participate in research.

Doctor Y. Stern.Cognitive reserve (Professor Yaakov Stern, September 2003): Yaakov Stern is the Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute. He's also Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in Neurology and Psychiatry (in the Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute) at the Columbia University in the city of New York. His research spans several domains on which he is a world-wide respected and renowned investigator, such as heterogeneity of Alzheimer's disease, Implicit recall in normal aging and Cognitive Reserve, the latter being probably the topic on which he is more widely known.

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