WUSTL physicians featured in HBO documentary on Alzheimer’s disease

Four of the School of Medicine’s preeminent Alzheimer’s disease researchers will star in an HBO documentary series premiering in St. Louis May 4 at the Missouri History Museum.

The documentary features John C. Morris, M.D., the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at the School of Medicine; David Holtzman, M.D., the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of neurology; Randall Bateman, M.D., assistant professor of neurology; and Alison Goate, Ph.D., the Samuel & Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Genetics in Psychiatry and professor of neurology and of genetics.

The St. Louis premiere is part of a national outreach campaign designed to bring new understanding about the disease to show there is reason to be optimistic about the future. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. Following the screening, the physicians will participate in a panel discussion.

The documentary series, The Alzheimer’s Project, looks at groundbreaking discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists, as well as the effects of this debilitating and fatal disease on those with the disease and on their families. It features a four-part documentary series, 15 short supplemental films, a book, a Web site and the nationwide, community-based information and outreach campaign.

The four-part series will air on HBO starting May 10 at 8 p.m. St. Louis time.

The event is sponsored by the ADRC, the St. Louis chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and HBO Documentary Films. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Call 1-866-562-1330 to R.S.V.P.