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Aug. 28, 2006

UI Neuroscientists Sponsor Memory Walk To Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease

UI Neurosciences at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a sponsor of the eastern Iowa "Memory Walk" scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9. Registration for both Memory Walk locations (listed below) will begin at 8 a.m., with the walk beginning at 9 a.m.

Researchers such as Matthew Rizzo, M.D., UI professor of neurology, are dedicated to helping people affected by Alzheimer's disease. One of his projects involves the use of a driving simulator to help determine when patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's should stop driving.

"It's important to assess the driving ability of our patients early in the disease process," Rizzo said. "Our research helps us provide families with objective, evidence-based information to help them make what is often a very difficult decision."

The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter is organizing the 2006 Memory Walk in the Iowa City/Coralville and Cedar Rapids areas. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $200 million to fund research and support programs for those battling Alzheimer's, a progressive brain disorder that robs patients of their memories.

Participants in the Iowa City/Coralville Memory Walk will register and begin walking at Wickham Elementary School, 601 Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville. In Cedar Rapids, registration will take place at Harding Middle School, 4801 Golf St. NE, and the walkers will begin the one- and three-mile routes in Noelridge Park.

More details about how you can be a sponsor or participate in a Memory Walk are available online at www.alzeci.org/.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.