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UBC Distinguished Speaker Series: Jay Ingram

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Kelowna Community Theatre 1375 Water Street Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P4 Canada

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Jay IngramThe Science of Alzheimer's

It is called "the plague of the 21st century" for its dramatic increase in numbers and the challenge it poses to health care. There are no effective treatments, merely a handful of drugs that promise only short-lived alleviation of symptoms.

But as familiar as we are with Alzheimer’s disease among friends and family, there are so many questions: where did it come from? Why weren’t we talking about it even fifty years ago? Do we understand what really is going on in the disease? A hundred years ago Alzheimer identified the key markers of the disease, and we still rely on them today. Maybe it’s time for a rethink. And where will we find treatments -- and when?

These are questions that Jay Ingram addresses on February 25 as part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series.

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About Jay Ingram

Jay Ingram is a Canadian science writer/broadcaster. He has hosted two national science programs in Canada, Quirks and Quarks on CBC radio and Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada. He has written 12 books, which have been translated into 12 languages, has five honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada.