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Alumnus, Neurologist Discusses Latest Alzheimer's Research


November 9, 2001

[ John Morris Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Monday, Nov. 12, Dr. John Morris, Professor of Neurology, Director of the Memory and Aging Project, and Co-director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, discusses the latest developments in the field of Alzheimer's disease research. In his lecture, titled "Brain Aging and Alzheimer's: Same or Different?," Dr. Morris talks about developments in the area of early identification of the devastating disease, which now affects 4 million Americans. The event, part of the annual Sagan National Colloquium lecture series, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the R. W. Corns Building, Room 312 on Ohio Wesleyan's campus.

John C. Morris, MD, obtained his bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1970 and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1974. He joined Washington University School of Medicine in 1982 as a postdoctoral fellow in neuropharmacology, and in 1983, he moved into the Neurology Department and began to focus his research on the symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease.

An internationally recognized leader for his groundbreaking clinical studies in the area of Alzheimer's disease research, Dr. Morris has been named the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Professor of Neurology in 1998 and Director of the Washington University Center for Aging in 1999.

He is the Principal Investigator of the program project, "Healthy Aging and Senile Dementia" and serves as a Director of the Memory Diagnostic Center and Alzheimer Treatment Unit of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. John Morris is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association, and over the period 1999-2000 served as a Chair of the Neuroscience of Aging Review Committee for the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Morris is also the author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles and the co-author of numerous articles, book chapters, and editorials.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 16th year at OWU. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335 or visit snc.owu.edu.