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Dr. Edelmayer leads efforts to accelerate the scientific agenda of the Alzheimer’s Association through the creation and delivery of ongoing research education. She engages with more than 75 Alzheimer’s Association chapters across the country, ensuring that chapter staff and the public are aware of the importance of medical research and the Association’s crucial role in advancing research to improve the lives of individuals living with dementia and their care partners....
In addition, Dr. Edelmayer manages initiatives uniting researchers and clinicians with leaders of industry, regulatory agencies and the government on topics related to blood-based biomarker testing, use of digital health technologies, and biotech approaches in studying dementia.
Dr. Edelmayer has over 17 years of experience as a practicing scientist and educator. She spent more than six years as a pharmacologist in the Neuroscience and Immunology Discovery Divisions at Abbott and AbbVie, where she was recognized as an emerging scientific leader. As a senior scientist, she led a digital pathology team, conducted research, and supported development of clinical therapeutics in chronic inflammatory diseases of the nervous system and the skin. Dr. Edelmayer has lectured, published and led collaborations in areas of neurophysiology, inflammatory skin pathology and pain neurobiology.
She completed her Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral training in medical pharmacology with a focus on neuropharmacology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Edelmayer holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also completed a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellowship.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit alz.org.
Dr. Smita Patel is the Director of Center for Brain Health at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Patel brings expertise in neurology and sleep along with a proficiency in complementary and integrative medicine to develop tailored health plans for her patients. She is board certified in Neurology, Sleep Medicine and Integrative Medicine....
Dr. Patel is a strong advocate of educating the community about how lifestyle influence brain health and enjoys empowering individuals to take greater control of their own health. She has participated in clinical research studies in the area of sleep medicine and has written book chapters for several academic publications on neurological disorders. She has a strong interest in researching the cause and treatment of neurological diseases as well as supporting and participating in educational programs.
She earned her medical degree from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001. She received her neurological training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Sleep Medicine training at the University of Chicago. Additionally, she completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dr. Patel is a member of multiple organizations including the Illinois State Neurological Society, American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Institute of Functional Medicine. She is also a member of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, a group of 57 highly esteemed national academic centers whose mission is to transform health care through rigorous scientific study, medical education, and clinical care in the field of integrative medicine.
She is a frequent speaker and is available to speak on the following topics:
❍ Sleep hygiene and ways to improve sleep
❍ Sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, circadian rhythm disorders)
❍ Lifestyle changes to reduce risk for dementia (including exercise, sleep, nutrition, supplements, stress reduction/meditation)