Biogen: Alzheimer’s Disease Training Program 2018


Key Learning Objectives:

At the end of the educational activity, the participants will better understand:

  • The importance of dementia awareness in the general community;
  • Patient engagement in clinical trials;
  • Patient treatments in a clinical setting;
  • Challenges and issues faced by patients and caregivers;
  • Non-pharmacological treatments for AD;
  • Patient diagnosis and cognitive assessments;
  • The importance of early diagnosis.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Event Center – All afternoon

1:00 PM  Arrivals

1:10 PM  Introduction to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health | LeeAnn Mandarino, MA

  • Education and Advocacy: The Importance of Dementia Awareness

1:30 PM  Patient Enrollment and Engagement in Clinical Trials | Katurah Hartley, BSPharm / Aaron Ritter, MD

  • Recruitment in AD Clinical Trials: Barriers and Opportunities
  • Successful techniques for recruitment in AD Clinical Trials
  • Successful techniques for compliance and retention

2:15 PM  Social Services: Caring for the Caregiver | Samuel Hickson, MSSA, LSW  

  • The importance of caring for the caregiver
  • Community Service Programs

2:45 PM  Break

3:00 PM  Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of the Dementia Patient | Susan Hirsch, MSW

3:30 PM  Neurocognitive Assessments: Can a Dementia Diagnosis be Definitive? | Lauren Bennett, PhD

4:15 PM  Cognitive Testing 101: Participants are tested with a few standard cognitive tests, including MoCA, MMSE, and ADAS-Cog assessments. | Justin Miller, PhD  

5:00 PM  Tour

5:30 PM  Depart to Dinner with Faculty/Shuttle to Restaurant

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Event Center – All Day

*Note:  Presentation times include opportunities for audience questions

8:00 AM  Arrivals & Breakfast

8:20 AM  The Patient Experience and Clinical Care: Insight into the Patient’s Journey | Marsha Park, RN

8:45 AM  The Use of Imaging in AD Diagnostics and Research | Elaine M. Pienschke CNMT, PET, NMTCB(CT), RT(N)(CT)

9:10 AM  Systems Based Approach to Disease Modifying Agents in Early AD Diagnosis? | Aaron Ritter, MD

9:50 AM  Break

10:15 AM  Patient Interview #1 – MCI / Mild AD | Dylan Wint, MD

10:30 AM  Q & A with Patient and debriefing with medical doctor re: patient #1

11:00 AM  Patient Interview #2 – Moderate AD | Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD

11:45 AM  Caregiver Interview | Samuel Hickson, MSSA, LSW

12:15 PM  Q&A with Social Worker re: caregiver experiences

12:30 PM  Lunch

1:15 PM  Macro Trends Affecting Alzheimer’s disease | Marwan Sabbagh, MD, FAAN, CCRI

2:15 PM  Q&A | Evaluations

3:00 PM  Adjourn/Shuttle to Airport

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