Miller School/UHealth Support Memory Walk Fundraiser

The 2010 Memory Walk received a big show of support from the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth on Saturday at Merrick Park in Coral Gables. Hundreds of walkers turned out for the 5K event and helped raise more than $105,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Medicine has made substantial headway in saving the lives of our fellow humans over the decades in the areas of medicine that include infections, heart disease and cancer,” Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., told the crowd. “Now the enemies we must conquer are neuro-psychiatric problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.”

During his remarks, the Dean also talked about Margaret Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, and her seminal work in discovering apolipoprotein E (APOE) as the major susceptibility gene for Alzheimer’s disease. He touted the excellent care available at the UM Memory Disorders Clinic, which is co-directed by Clinton Wright, M.D., and Elizabeth Crocco, M.D.

Sponsored by the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, the Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

An estimated 500,000 Floridians are affected by the memory robbing disease which is the most common form of dementia.

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