Yale Alzheimer’s expert to speak at Fairfield senior center

May 1, 2019 GMT

FAIRFIELD — Dr. Jaime Grutzendler, professor of Neurology and Neuroscienc.e and director of the Center for Experimental Neuroimaging at Yale School of Medicine, will discuss the current state of Alzheimer’s research at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, Thursday, May 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 888-357-2396 or visit bridgeporthospital.org/events.

Grutzendler’s talk will include his work on the TREM 2 gene, which has been associated with a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Parkinson’s. Recently, a rare mutation in the gene has been shown to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Grutzendler also leads a research laboratory at Yale focused on understanding brain function and the cellular basis of neurological diseases. His lab uses advanced microscopy to see cell structures in living animals with the goal of exploring their behavior and learning how cell-cell interactions develop. Understanding how these interactions are disrupted in disease states such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and multiple sclerosis may lead to the development of new therapies for these conditions.