Meryl Comer

Board Member, UsAgainstAlzheimer's

Meryl Comer is a Co-Founder of UsAgainstAlzheimers and Chair of the Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health. From 2007 to 2019, Ms. Comer served as President and CEO of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative, a catalyst funder targeting early diagnosis and pre-clinical research to modify disease risk. Currently she serves on the NIH/NIA National Advisory Council on Aging. She also led the formation of the 21st Century BrainTrust®; served as co-principal investigator for the PCORI Alzheimer's Patient/Caregiver Research Network; and was appointed and served on the bipartisan Alzheimer's Study Group, charged with presenting a National Alzheimer’s Strategic Plan to Congress. A veteran broadcast journalist, she is donating all the proceeds from her New York Times bestseller Slow Dancing with a Stranger (HarperCollins) to support Alzheimer’s research.

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This Speaker's Sessions

Brain Health Conversation
Tuesday Oct. 20
11:30 AM
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Research You Can Use: Brain Healthy Living

This session will explore the role that healthful eating plays in maintaining good brain health and will feature tips for whipping up a brain healthy snack from one of the nation’s leading experts in functional medicine. "Alzheimer’s Talks" host Meryl Comer will interview Dr. Mark Hyman about his book Food Fix and explore the foods he has in his kitchen for brain health. This session will also include a glimpse into the risk reduction research and community education taking place at the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center, including visits to their research kitchen and exercise lab.

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Town Hall
Wednesday Oct. 21
3:30 PM
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COVID-19 and Dementia: Lessons for the Next Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had disproportionate and dangerous effects throughout the Alzheimer’s and dementia community, from increased stress and financial strain for those living with dementia and their caregivers to the disruption of critical Alzheimer’s clinical trials. This town hall will examine the impacts of COVID-19 on the dementia community, particularly on Black and Latino families, and explore opportunities to build resiliency against the next pandemic through supportive public policies like paid family and medical leave, improved caregiver supports and strengthened research infrastructure. Key question: How can our nation build resiliency against future pandemics to protect the dementia community?

Keynote Conversation with George Vradenburg and the Honorable Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor of New Mexico

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