Mary Ann Malack-Ragona joined what is now known as the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center, Inc. (ADRC) in February 2003, and in 2004 opened The Neuwirth Family Care Center within the agency’s Ronkonkoma office. Her expertise is in Alzheimer’s Disease training for Professional Caregivers; Public/Government Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Organizational Behavior, Management Theory, Change Management and Critical Thinking and Decision Making.

Dr. Andrew Sproul is a Staff Scientist focusing on Alzheimer’s Disease at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute, which is doing groundbreaking work on the disease. His current research focuses on generating and using patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells, which are generated from skin samples, and then differentiating them into neural cells to study Alzheimer’s disease.  Using the Institute’s unique technology, the NYSCF Global Stem Cell Array, he is able to see how Alzheimer’s disease develops, long before it is fatal, “in a dish.”  He then uses high throughput screening methods to screen large numbers of therapeutic drugs on cells affected by disease.  Dr. Sproul received his PhD from Columbia University, where he studied neuronal cell death in the laboratory of Dr. Lloyd Greene.

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