Monday, September 30, 2013

Alzheimer's Disease: Amyvid News

One of the number of media reports about today's Amyvid news:

Lilly fails to persuade Medicare to pay for Alzheimer's imaging drug
September 30, 2013
By Tracy Staton

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"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has handed down its final decision on Eli Lilly's Alzheimer's imaging agent Amyvid. The final answer, after appeals from Lilly and patient groups? No. Medicare won't pay for Amyvid-aided brain scans, not outside of clinical trials."


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

OBIT: Dr. David Hubel

From The Washington Post:

David H. Hubel, Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist, dies at 87
23 September 2013

Read the article

Here is a link to his Nobel Prize lecture: link

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Dementia Management" MOOC Coming This Autumn

At Coursera, Dr. Nancy Hodgson and Dr. Laura N. Gitlin, who is Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins University, will offer her MOOC this autumn.

Here is a story on the MOOC from The New York Times "The New Old Age" blog: "Online Lessons in Dementia Management"

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Alzheimer's Disease: Jeanne Murray Walker Interview on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show

The author speaks about her new book "The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's"

The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC
06 September 2013

Listen to the interview

Monday, September 09, 2013

"The Brain, Within its Groove" by Emily Dickinson

The Brain, within its Groove
Runs evenly--and true--
But let a Splinter swerve--
'Twere easier for You--

To put a Current back--
When Floods have slit the Hills--
And scooped a Turnpike for Themselves--
And trodden out the Mills--

-Emily Dickinson

In the world of MOOCs, few courses have had the creativity and success as the course about "Modern and Contemporary American Poetry" by Dr. Al Filreis of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its wonderful Kelly Writers House.

Few courses, in real life or online, have such a dedicated teacher as Al.

The course, part of Al's regular teaching at UPenn in its English Department, was first presented in MOOC form this time last year at Coursera. The ten-week course is back, having opened over the weekend to over 30,000 students, myself included (second timer). Week after week, this likely remains the largest single collection of dedicated students reading and discussing the same poets and poems at any one time on the planet. And it remains intimate, lively, and interactive.

Although I am in the outlier minority in terms of my interpretation of Emily's poem (above) - seeing it as tragic, whilst the common interpretation is one of freeing ones' self from the mundane - as a neuropsychologist, discussing it is one of the true highlights of the course for me.

It is a wonderful experience. Neuroscientists need poetry. Join us!