UM to Host Alzheimer’s Research Event

October 27, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to present “Hope Without Hype: The Latest in Alzheimer’s Research” on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Dr. Dean Hartley, director of science initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago, will be available for coffee and conversation in the UM Skaggs Building Foyer from 9 to 10 a.m. and present from 10 to 11 a.m. in Skaggs Room 114.

The presentation is free and offered for clinicians, researchers, students, aging-service providers and caregivers, but registration is appreciated. To register, go to or call 800-272-3900.

In his presentation, Hartley will provide an overview of the latest science behind Alzheimer’s and related dementias. He will outline how biomarkers can detect what treatments work and the complications of aging these biomarkers might miss, as well as differentiate between various dementias.

 “The earlier you diagnose with, the earlier treatment will give you a better outcome,” Hartley said.

According to research by the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease affects more than 19,000 people and their families in Montana and 5 million across the country. It is the sixth leading cause of death, and every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s. Researchers predict as many as 16 million people will have the disease by 2050. One in nine people could develop it by age 65 and one in three by age 85. It has no treatment, no cure and no means of prevention.

“Anybody who has a brain is vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease,” Hartley said. “We think there’s things like education, nutrition, exercise, mental and social engagement (which) are now starting to show that they may reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”

Hartley said the key to finding treatments and a cure are resources.

“We know we need resources – time and money – to change the course of this disease,” he said. “Resources are so critical.”

 “Hope Without Hype” also will take place the same day at Community Medical Center from 7 to 8 a.m. and Partnership Health Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The Alzheimer’s Association, a leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, seeks to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research, to provide enhanced care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. To learn more visit

The Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with UM’s Rural Institute, Community Medical Center, the Missoula Coalition on Aging and Disability Education Committee, the Montana Geriatric Education Center and Missoula Aging Services to bring the event to Missoula.

For more information, call Mindy Renfro, clinical coordinator, UM MonTECH Programs of the Rural Institute, at 406-243-2841 or email


Contact: Lynn Mullowney, executive director, Montana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 406-252-3053 ext. 8125,