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Academics Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Alzheimer's Research

[Dublin, IRELAND] - Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech has announced the latest recipients of its Lifetime Achievement and Scientific Medal of Excellence awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the study of Alzheimer's disease. The awards were presented at the Alltech - University College Dublin - University of Kentucky Lecture Series' inaugural lecture which was hosted in University College Dublin.

Medal of Excellence awarded to Professor Marksberry of the University of Kentucky
Left to Right: Dr. Pearse Lyons, President of Alltech; Dr. Hugh Brady, President of University College Dublin; Dr. Charles Smith, Professor in Alzheimer's research, Sanders-Brown Center for Aging; Dr. Lee Todd, President, University of Kentucky.

William R. Markesbery, M.D., Director, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Kentucky, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of his outstanding career and his contributions leading to the elucidation of pathogenic mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease; its early detection and prevention.?

Charles D. Smith, M.D., Robert P. and Mildred Moore's Professor in Alzheimer's research at the University of Kentucky received the Scientific Medal of Excellence in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of presymptomatic Alzheimer's disease neuroimaging.?

"It is an honour for me to present these awards to Dr. Markesbery and Dr. Smith. Their significant contributions to the study of Alzheimer's disease have been instrumental in moving us closer to an understanding of this debilitating condition." said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.

Dr. Markesbery is recognised globally as a pre-eminent researcher of Alzheimer's disease. His pioneering research discounted the once-popular theory that an accumulation of toxic metals such as aluminium play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Instead, Dr. Markesbery found that beta amyloid peptides promote neurodegeneration by inducing a free-oxygen radical process called lipid peroxidation in nerve cell membranes. The role of oxidative damage in neurodegeneration and Alzheimer's disease is now a widely-held theory.

An electrical engineering graduate, Dr. Smith received his M.D. from Tulane University, New Orleans in 1979 and a post doctoral degree in Magnetic Resonance from the University of Kentucky in 1988. His research focuses on the application of structural and functional imaging techniques to the prediction, quantification and diagnosis of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.?

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