The 25th anniversary presentation of the MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) was held today honoring two noted researchers, Randy L. Buckner, PhD, Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience at Harvard University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and Marcus E. Raichle, MD, Professor of Radiology and Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Both have been pioneers in the area of brain imaging leading to inroads in the study of Alzheimer's.
The awards presentation, with actor and Alzheimer's advocate, David Hyde Pierce as keynote speaker, was accompanied by the release of a MetLife Foundation survey revealing that Americans' fear of Alzheimer's is second only to cancer.
Even more alarming, the data indicates that few have made preparations for the onset of the disease suffered by 5.3 million Americans. Most adults (62%) admit that they know little or nothing about Alzheimer's disease.
"Today, we salute two outstanding scientists who take their place among a leading group of researchers recognized for developing methods to combat and, perhaps someday, prevent Alzheimer's disease from impacting future generations," said C. Robert Henrikson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MetLife, Inc. "MetLife Foundation is proud of these awards, which for over two decades have supported the crucial work of leading scientists in Alzheimer's research."
The major interest of Dr. Buckner's laboratory is the study of human thought and its disruption in diseases like Alzheimer's.