The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Ronald Petersen has been named chairman of HHS' new Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services.
Mayo doc to chair Alzheimer's council
Petersen currently directs the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. He also is director of the Mayo Clinic’s Study of Aging. As chairman of the advisory council, Petersen will lead a group of at least 22 members from the public and private sectors who will meet quarterly to discuss the effectiveness of government programs that target individuals who have Alzheimer's and related dementias as well as their caregivers.
The advisory council is charged with providing feedback on a national Alzheimer's action plan that HHS will develop as part of an effort to help "improve the health outcomes of people with (Alzheimer's and related dementias) and reduce the financial burden of these conditions on those with the diseases, their families and society," according to HHS' National Alzheimer's Project Act Web page. Council members will serve four-year terms.
"This is an important opportunity to have a significant impact on the federal Alzheimer's disease initiatives and to develop a plan to address issues surrounding the disease," Petersen said in a Mayo Clinic news release.
"Collaboration has guided patient care, research and education at Mayo Clinic for more than a century and will serve an important role here." Petersen's age was unavailable at deadline.
Alzheimer's affects 5.1 million people in the U.S.—and that number is expected to quadruple by 2050, according to the release.
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