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Registration open for 13th annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2023) - The 13th annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia is set for Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18. The symposium, hosted by UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, is named in honor and memory of the late William R. Markesbery, M.D., the founding director of Sanders-Brown. Markesbery's legacy of groundbreaking research has formed the bedrock for our quest to understand and treat Alzheimer's disease and to improve the quality of life of older adults. 

This year’s keynote speakers include Malu Tansey, Ph.D., director of the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Florida, and David Morgan, Ph.D., director of the Alzheimer’s Alliance and foundation professor of translational neuroscience at Michigan State University. Each of the external keynote speakers will present at both Friday's scientific session and Saturday's community session. They will be joined by various experts from Sanders-Brown giving presentations and hosting panel discussions. 

As part of the scientific session planned Nov. 17, there will be a poster competition for outstanding work by students and postdocs. The student or postdoc must be the presenting author and must submit the abstract under his or her name. Since poster space is limited, please submit your abstract as early as possible. The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, Oct. 30 via email to Charlotte Wood at The scientific session is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lee. T. Todd Building. Register for the scientific session here.

The community session will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 18. Clinicians and researchers will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease and healthy brain aging. This is a hybrid event — in person at the Central Bank Center in downtown Lexington and via Zoom. Register for the community session here.


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