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Vol. LXI, No. 9
May 1, 2009
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Join HBO, NIA for Sneak Preview of ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’

The Alzheimer's Project

The NIH campus is invited to join HBO Documentary Films and NIA on Monday, May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, for a special screening of highlights from The Alzheimer’s Project, a multi-platform public health series that seeks to foster wider public understanding of Alzheimer’s disease research and care.

Co-presented by HBO and NIA, in association with the Alzheimer’s Association, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer’s Initiative, The Alzheimer’s Project features a 4-part documentary series, 15 short supplemental films, a web site and nationwide community-based information and outreach including other resources such as a companion book to the series. Co-executive produced by Maria Shriver and HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins, the series debuts May 10-12 on HBO. All films will stream free of charge on www.hbo.com and will be offered for free on multiple platforms by participating television service providers.

NIA provided scientific guidance to the award-winning HBO filmmakers on their 2-year journey into the laboratories and clinics of some leading Alzheimer’s disease researchers and into the lives of people living with the disease and their caregivers. “We viewed this as a unique opportunity to tell, in a very comprehensive and dynamic way, the compelling story of scientific discovery in Alzheimer’s research, and of the human faces behind this devastating disease,” said NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes.

The campus screening includes highlights from The Alzheimer’s Project: Momentum in Science, a 2-part film that explores cutting-edge advances in Alzheimer’s research and the challenges presented by this complex disease. A brief panel discussion with HBO producer John Hoffman and Alzheimer’s research experts and an HBO-hosted reception follow the screening.

The series also includes: The Alzheimer’s Project: The Memory Loss Tapes, capturing the devastating experience of memory loss from the point of view of seven people living with disease; The Alzheimer’s Project: Caregivers, a portrait of five families caring for people in different stages of the disease; and The Alzheimer’s Project: “Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?” with Maria Shriver, telling the stories of children and teens coping with the illness in a grandparent.

For more information about the May 4 screening, contact the NIA Office of Communications and Public Liaison at (301) 496-1752 or nianews3@mail.nih.gov. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, go to www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/.— NIHRecord Icon

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