Registration Open for Fifth Annual Markesbery Symposium Set for Nov. 20-21

UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its fifth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 20-21. This two day program will offer sessions for both scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from the University of Kentucky and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease.

The Markesbery Symposium is in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, the founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia.

On Friday, Nov. 20, the scientific session will be held in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium. Scientists and physicians will discuss their latest research findings through lectures and poster sessions. Featured speakers include Dr. Sam Gandy of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Dr. Ronald C. Petersen of Mayo Medical College - Mayo Clinic. SBCoA faculty Steve Estus, Liz Head, Dick Kryscio and Mark Lovell will present updates on their research studies.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the community session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Bluegrass Ballroom at the Lexington Convention Center. A continental breakfast will be provided. Dr. Peterson, who treated former President Ronald Reagan and singer/songwriter Glenn Campbell, will be the keynote speaker. SBCoA faculty Erin Abner, Donna Wilcock, Greg Jicha, Steve Scheff also will present their study findings and answer questions from the audience. SBCoA director Linda Van Eldik will offer closing remarks.

The symposium is free and open to all, but registration is required. For more information or to register for the symposium please visit:; phone 859-323-6040; or email