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Metlife Foundation recognizes Emory Alzheimer's disease researcher
Date:5/15/2014

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"I am thrilled to receive this award, which has honored so many pioneering Alzheimer's researchers during the past quarter century," says Walker. "I am indebted to the many colleagues and students who have made my research possible, and to the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory University for their continuing support."

According to recent estimates, without the development of treatments that either delay Alzheimer's disease onset or slow its progression, by 2050 more than 100 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer's disease. The time spent caring for people with Alzheimer's disease will be measured in billions of hours, and the cost will be trillions of dollars.

At the heart of the MetLife awards is a belief that research is the road to understanding and ultimately treating Alzheimer's disease. Walker's award comes with a $100,000 institutional grant, which he will use to further his research with his colleagues at Yerkes, Emory, Georgia Tech and the University of Tbingen to better understand how Alzheimer's disease progresses through the brain and why the disease affects people in different ways.

"We are proud of Dr. Walker and his many scientific achievements," says Stuart Zola, PhD, director of the Yerkes Research Center. "His research findings today are shaping the research of tomorrow, and the ultimate benefit will be improved health for our nation and the world."


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Contact: Lisa Newbern
lisa.newbern@emory.edu
404-727-7709
Emory Health Sciences
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