Parkinson's Group Has Guest Speaker


The Payson Parkinson's Support Group will host Joe Rogers in February.

Rogers will cover "Non" Embryonic Stem-Cell Research versus Embryonic; the latest findings and future of "Non" Embryonic Stem-Cell Research; and stem cells as treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Rogers is a scientist who has devoted his career to studies of aging and Alzheimer's disease.

After receiving his doctorate at the University of California, San Diego, Rogers was a postdoctoral fellow and staff scientist at the Salk Institute. From there, he moved to the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he was an assistant professor of neurology, as well as a principal investigator within the New England Regional Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Harvard University.

In 1986, with Sun Health Corporation, Rogers founded the Sun Health Research Institute, a private, nonprofit research center dedicated to studies of age-related diseases.

In collaboration with other Arizona biomedical research organizations, the institute is now a National Institute of Health-funded national Alzheimer's Disease Center.

The author of several books and more than 100 publications related to Alzheimer's disease, Rogers received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Alzheimer's Association in 2004.

The National Institute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, the Alzheimer's Association and the Arizona Alzheimer's Disease Consortium supports his research.

Rogers will speak Thursday, Feb. 7 at First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash St. The meeting is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a potluck lunch planned.

For more information about attending, contact Cindy Bryant at (928) 472-7120.

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