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Expert on Alzheimer's disease, aging to speak March 10 at MSU

March 2, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture on healthy aging and Alzheimer's disease will be given at noon Wednesday, March 10, in 108 Reid Hall at Montana State University.

David Balota, an internationally known expert on the cognitive effects of aging and Alzheimer's disease, will speak on "Discriminating Healthy Aging from the Earliest Signs of Alzheimer's Disease: From Biology to Cognition to Personality."

Balota will review his and others' research on the development of cognitive tests designed to discriminate between healthy aging and the earliest stage of Alzheimer's disease and also how well those tests predict which healthy individuals may eventually progress into Alzheimer's disease.

Balota is a psychology and neurology professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published two books, 30 book chapters, and 120 peer-reviewed research articles. He has also received funding for 15 grants from federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Aging.

Balota's talk is funded by MSU's office of the Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer, the Montana INBRE Program (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) funded by the National Center for Research Resources division of the National Institutes of Health, and the Montana NSF program: Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

For more information, contact Keith A. Hutchison, (406) 994-5528 or

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or