Nicole (Nikki) Maphis will speak on “What is Alzheimer’s Disease? The Biology Behind the Epidemic” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Bradbury Science Museum.
Many people are familiar with the clinical changes of Alzheimer’s disease, such as progressive memory loss and difficulty with writing, reading, speaking, and performing daily tasks. What people don’t see is what is happening on the inside.
This presentation will go through the perfect storm happening inside of the brain of those with Alzheimer’s disease in a way everyone can understand. It also will explain recent work being performed at the University of New Mexico towards understanding and treating this terrible disease.
Maphis has been working in the field of Alzheimer’s disease for the last eight years. She graduated with a BA from Miami University in Ohio in 2006, and was employed in the lab of Dr. Bruce Lamb at the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic for five years. For the last three years, she has been working closely with Dr. Kiran Bhaskar as his laboratory manager in the Department of Neurology/Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
This talk is sponsored by the LANS Wellness Center and the local committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.