Israeli neuroscientist to discuss research on Alzheimer’s vaccine
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Israeli neuroscientist to discuss research on Alzheimer’s vaccine

Dr. Eitan Okun
Dr. Eitan Okun

The Jewish Home Family, in partnership with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, invites the community to a talk by international lecturer and neuroscientist Dr. Eitan Okun, who will discuss his work on developing a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Okun’s research team at Bar-Ilan University’s Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences in Ramat Gan, Israel, focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that link to impairments in learning and memory during aging. Dr. Okun develops novel interventions toward earlier detection and delay of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and ischemic brain stroke.

Research in these areas is conducted using state-of-the-art techniques and an interdisciplinary approach. Researchers use imaging tools, including a brand new fluorescence microscope equipped with hardware and software for stereological analysis of brain structures, and fluorescent markers in 3D. Complementing these techniques is a behavioral wing equipped with tools for unbiased analysis of complex cognitive behaviors in animals, as well as a virtual reality technology for assessing cognitive capacity in humans.

The lecture, “The Future of Treating Memory Decline: Developing a Vaccine for Alzheimer’s Disease,” will be on Wednesday, December 2, at 6:45 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served at 6 and dietary laws will be observed. The lecture is at the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Chiang Auditorium, 350 Engle St., in Englewood.

The talk is free, but reservations are required by calling (201) 784-1414, ext. 5538, or by emailing dmcgovern@jewishhomefamily.org.

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