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President’s Lecture to focus on Alzheimer’s disease March 25

ISSUED: 12 March 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The next Shepherd University President’s Lecture will focus on the neural underpinnings of memory function on aging and disease. Dr. Arnold Bakker, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will give the talk “Alzheimer’s disease and dementia: Current treatments and new approaches” on Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Bakker will discuss current terminology and provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease research and clinical trials. He will discuss new approaches to the treatment of Alzheimer’s, including ongoing studies conducted at Johns Hopkins. Bakker is also an investigator on a new clinical trial for individuals with mild memory problems.

The final President’s Lecture for the spring semester will take place April 22 at 6:30 p.m. with a seated discussion on stage with Charlie Matthau and Alan Gibson. Matthau is currently working as director with Gibson on two feature films, “The Book of Leah,” starring Armand Assante, which Gibson executive produced, and “The Seeding,” a horror film based on Gibson’s book “The Dead of Winter.”

For more information, contact Karen Rice, director of Lifelong Learning at or visit

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