Speakers

Anne Harrison, Gregory Jicha, Ryan Townley

Anne Harrison, PhD,PT

Emeritus Faculty
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr Harrison works in a postretirement parttime position with the Department of Physical Therapy teaching classes related to cervical spine orofacial pain and gerontology She continues to mentor PhD and DPT students Most of her time is now spent in her central Kentucky home where she is thankful every day to spend more time with her family in their small piece of paradise She also chairs the Board of New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future and provides advocacy and education for older adults in the central Kentucky region

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Gregory Jicha, MD, PhD

Professor, Neurology
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Jicha earned an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. He completed fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Jicha serves on the Executive Committee and is the Director of the Clinical Core of the UK, and the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He also directs the Telemedicine Cognitive Clinic at UK, designed to reach out to rural populations across Kentucky for both clinical and research-related activities in the area of AD and related disorders. Dr. Jicha holds the Robert T. and Nyles Y. McCowan Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Research at UK.

His current research interests lie in the areas of mild cognitive impairment, clinico-pathological correlations in early preclinical disease states, and clinical trials of disease modifying therapies for AD. He is the principle investigator at UK for the National Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Group and also serves on the Clinical Task Force and Steering Committee for the National Institute of Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Center Program.

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Ryan Townley, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Kansas Medical Center
Associate Director
Alzheimer's Clinical Trials Consortium

Dr. Townley is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and is the director of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Fellowship. He is also the Alzheimer's Clinical Trials Consortium Associate Director and Primary Investigator at the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center.

He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Before joining the KU Medical Center faculty in August 2019, he completed a two-year cognitive behavioral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, where he also finished his neurology residency and an internal medicine internship. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he earned the 2013 Dewey K. Ziegler Award for Excellence in Neurology presented by the KU Department of Neurology and was honored with the American Academy of Neurology's Outstanding Neurology Medical Student Award. Prior to medical school, he earned a bachelor of science in neurobiology from the University of Kansas.

In addition to authoring a growing number of publications, Dr. Townley has presented more than two dozen lectures and posters nationally and around the world. His clinical and research interests include atypical Alzheimer's diseases such as posterior cortical atrophy and dysexecutive Alzheimer's, normal pressure hydrocephalus, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and dementia with Lewy bodies. He also has professional interests in patient education and disease-related seminars, resident and medical student education, and preventative health against neurodegenerative disease.

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