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MacDonald earns GSA's 2013 Baltes Foundation Award
Date:8/15/2013

, and a collaborator of the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute. He also leads the PREVENT study at the University of Victoria, the goal of which is to search for markers, both biological and behavioral, that may be present before the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease begin to show.

He and his team are now able to detect the first signs of decline up to eight to ten years in advance of diagnosis. With improved methods, he hopes to push back early detection even more. By focusing on markers of biological vs. chronological age, MacDonald's research targets changes in critical physiological processes that may more accurately index the progression from normal to pathological cognitive aging. If his lab is successful at identifying early markers, they will be able to facilitate targeted intervention strategies very early on in the disease trajectory.


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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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