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BEHIND-THE-SCENES The Roskamp Institute “Research and Clinical Work in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Disorders”

October 13, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Roskamp Institute
“Research and Clinical Work in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Disorders”
Friday, Oct. 13 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2040 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota
Fee: $45 (includes lecture/light lunch) Seating is limited.
Speakers: Dr. Fiona Crawford and Dr. Cheryl Brandi

“Development of New Treatments and Diagnosis for mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)”
The presentation will describe the work of the Roskamp team to develop and evaluate the consequences of mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Our team has developed a model for the mTBI condition that demonstrates the dramatic role of neuroinflammation which, once sustained, persists throughout life and can have major negative impacts. Our platforms have led to the identification of several possible new therapies and also the identification of lifestyle changes that can influence the severity of neurological conditions caused by mTBI.

“Is My Forgetfulness Normal?”
Dr. Brandi will discuss signs of normal aging—and signs of potential concern. She will also review the early signs and symptoms of memory disorders in order to promote screening, early diagnosis and timely intervention for disorders such as Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Dementia.

Dr. Fiona Crawford is a Veterans’ Administration Research Career Scientist and is President and CEO of The Roskamp Institute. She directs all military research programs at the Institute, as well as the four-year Ph.D. program in Neuroscience. Dr. Crawford’s research programs are funded by the VA, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, as well as The Roskamp Foundation. She regularly presents her research at national and international meetings, and has published more than 150 peer reviewed research papers. She has a B.S. degree (Honors) in Biochemistry and Genetics, Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Ph.D. in Medical Genetics, University of London, England.

Dr. Cheryl Brandi has 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and over 40 years as a nurse. She has served as a professor of nursing in several academic settings, conducted funded nursing research, and is a retired Navy nurse corps commander with over 23 years of continuous active duty service. She has also served in multiple clinical roles and in a number of nursing leadership positions including director of nursing. Dr. Brandi holds a Doctor of  Nursing Science degree from the University of San Diego; a Post- Master Certificate as a Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Florida, and she is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.