Alzheimer's researchers to speak Dec. 7 at Newport Hospital

November 20, 2017

Brian Ott, MD, and Lori Daiello, PharmD, ScM, will talk about research progress

NEWPORT, R.I. – Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital work tirelessly to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. On Dec. 7 at Newport Hospital, you can learn about the advances they are making as well as current research studies related to this deadly disease, which affects an estimated 25,000 Rhode Islanders.

The Rhode Island Hospital Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center will present “Countdown to 2025: Progress on Ending Alzheimer’s Disease” from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the hospital’s Hill Courtyard. A reception with light refreshments in the atrium will be followed by the lecture and a question-and-answer period.

Brian R. Ott, MD, director of the center, and Lori A. Daiello, PharmD, ScM, will speak about new developments in the treatment of this brain disorder which slowly destroys a person's memory and ability to learn, reason, communicate and perform daily activities.

Dr. Ott explained that developers of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease chose 2025 as the target date for preventing and effectively treating the disease. “We are using this as a benchmark to inform the public and health care providers in the area about the progress that we have made so far toward that goal and the plans of the near future to achieve it,” he said.

“One important new approach is to treat Alzheimer’s as a preventable disorder, the way we approach atherosclerosis and heart disease,” Dr. Ott said. More accurate diagnosis technologies and improvements in drug treatments are other examples of progress.

Dr. Ott is a national leader in memory disorder research and serves as principal investigator for numerous clinical trials and studies currently underway at the center. Dr. Daiello’s research interests include memory loss after surgery, medication effects on memory and functioning, and the treatment of behavioral symptoms in dementia.

As part of its ongoing research, the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center offers clinical trials that provide leading-edge therapies aimed to treat, delay, and ultimately prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The center also enlists volunteers for the Rhode Island Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Registry.

Open to the public, the free program will be of special interest to patients, their family and friends, potential volunteers for the registry, and health care workers. 

RSVP by calling 401-444-0789 or emailing

Newport Hospital is at 20 Powel St., Newport.