Jeffrey Cummings

, MD, ScD(HC)

Joy Chambers-Grundy Professor of Brain Science, Co-Director of Pam Quirk Brain Health and Biomarker Laboratory, Director of Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD(HC), is the Joy Chambers-Grundy Professor of Brain Science, Director of the Chambers-Gundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience, and Co-Director of the Pam Quirk Brain Health and Biomarker Laboratory, Department of Brain Health, School of Integrated Health Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Dr. Cummings is globally known for his contributions to Alzheimer’s research, drug development, and clinical trials. He has been recognized for his research and leadership contributions in the field of Alzheimer’s disease through many awards including the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award of the national Alzheimer’s Association (2008), Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology (2017), Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (2010), Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Alzheimer’s Association (2019), and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s Melvin R. Goodes Prize. He was featured in Gentleman’s Quarterly (June 2009) as a “Rock Star of Science™.” Dr. Cummings completed Neurology residency and a Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at Boston University, followed by a Research Fellowship in Neuropathology and Neuropsychiatry at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London. Dr. Cummings was formerly Director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Dr. Cummings’s interests embrace clinical trials, developing new therapies for brain diseases, and the interface of neuroscience and society. He has authored or edited 43 books and published over 800 peer-reviewed papers.

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Wednesday Oct. 18
1:30–2:15 PM
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Meeting Patient Demand for Alzheimer's Treatment

The treatment of Alzheimer’s continues to improve. As new therapies are approved by the FDA, doctors have more options for their patients, leading to better and more patient-centered care. Ideally, a patient who has a concern about their cognition will see their primary care physician, have the confidence to raise the concern, be screened for potential impairment, and if appropriate be referred to a physician with the skill, experience, and infrastructure to consider this patient for a new Alzheimer’s therapy. Key Question: What steps are leading clinicians and health systems taking to ensure that each Alzheimer’s patient who qualifies gets the right drug and in time to make a difference?

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