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Scientific research is gaining momentum in discovering ways to treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer's. Aiming to bring a new understanding, THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT features a four-part documentary series, 15 short supplemental films, a robust website, and a nationwide community-based information and outreach campaign. A book published by Public Affairs Books was developed by the producers as a companion to the project. HBO will use all of its platforms, including the HBO main service, multiplex channels, HBO On Demand, HBO Podcasts,, HBO Channel on YouTube, and DVD sales to support the project. In addition, all films will stream free of charge on and will be offered for free on multiple platforms by participating television service providers.

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First convened in 1997, the Leonard Berg Symposium honors Knight ADRC founder and former director, Leonard Berg, MD. The Symposium brings together health professionals, clinical and basic science researchers, and others to learn and discuss a timely topic related to Alzheimer's disease. Visit the Berg Symposia homepage to view a listing of previous events along with access to flyers, agendas and slides (when available). Access select video presentations from the links below. Not all symposia have video available.

Sleep and Neurodegeneration: A Bidirectional Relationship?
9th Leonard Berg Symposium
October 30, 2015


Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease: Current Considerations
8th Leonard Berg Symposium
September 28, 2012



First convened in 2006, the Norman R. Seay Lecture series honors civil rights leader, dedicated volunteer and supporter of Alzheimer's research, Norman R. Seay. Held every year, the Lecture brings together a new keynote speaker along with health professionals, clinical and basic science researchers, and others to learn and discuss a timely topic related to Alzheimer's disease and minorities. Visit the Seay Lecture homepage to view a listing of previous events along with access to flyers about each event. Access select video presentations from the links below. Not all lectures have video available.

Black Joy Matters in Aging Research

Keynote Presenter: Raina Croff, PhD
October 13, 2020


Alignment, Agency and Activism: Fostering Participation in Alzheimer's Research Among African Americans
Keynote Presenter: Crystal M. Glover, PhD
October 10, 2019


Silent voices: Increasing Minority Engagement in Alzheimer’s Disease Research / Recruitment of Minorities in Research
Keynote Presenters: Joyce E. Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE and Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH
October 9, 2018


Lessons Learned and Future Directions: Addressing Dementia Disparities and Achieving Inclusion in Dementia Research
Keynote Presenter: Monique M. Williams, MD, MSCI
October 17, 2017


Advances in Biotechnology: The Benefits for Underserved Populations
Keynote Presenter: Donna Masterman, MD, MS
October 11, 2016


Exploring Brain Complexity and Other Imaging Insights into Alzheimer Disease
Keynote Presenter: Richard D. King, MD, PhD
October 13, 2015


Engaging Community in the Recruitment of African Americans for Genetic Studies in Alzheimer’s Disease
Keynote Presenter: Goldie Byrd, PhD
October 7, 2014

The Three Keys To Closing The Disparities Gap In Alzheimer’s Disease
Keynote Presenter: Consuelo Wilkins, MD
October 1, 2013

Unequal Burden and Unparalleled Opportunities: Minorities In Alzheimer's Disease Research
Keynote Presenter: J. Taylor Harden, PhD
October 16, 2012

Are African Americans Part of the Alzheimer's Disease Story?
Keynote Presenter: Patrick Griffith, MD
October 4, 2011

Aging and Alzheimer's Disease in African Americans: The Minority Aging Research Study
Keynote Presenter: Lisa Barnes, PhD
October 5, 2010

Take Charge of Your Alzheimer's Disease Risks: Overcome Cultural Myths
Keynote Presenter: Lisa Barnes, PhD
November 17, 2009

Each year the Director of the Knight ADRC gives a lecture regarding the state of the Center. Watch previous lectures by visiting our State of the Knight ADRC Video Showcase site.

African American Participation in AD Research: Effective Strategies Workshop 

October 10, 2018, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Eric P. Newman Education Center on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine


By 2050, over 40% of older adults will be minorities.  As the aging United States population becomes increasingly diverse, the lack of information from diverse populations has potentially critical clinical considerations.  Participation in Alzheimer disease (AD) research programs is overwhelmingly by non-Hispanic white persons.  As a result, relatively little is known about Alzheimer disease and related disorders in persons from under-represented groups.  This presents an enormous missed opportunity to fully appreciate the relevance of AD across all people.  Join us to examine critical issues surrounding recruitment of African American participants into research studies, so that the benefit of future AD treatments and interventions will be a reality for everyone.


Funding is provided by the National Institute on Aging grant R13AG059415.

Each year the Knight ADRC conducts a meeting for participants to discuss the current state of research at the Center. Watch previous meetings by selecting from the years below.















The video shows the distribution of fibrillar amyloid-beta deposition, as measured by positron-emission tomography with the use of Pittsburgh compound B, of the average standardized uptake value ratio (SUVR) of autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease mutation carriers subtracted from noncarriers at the same estimated year from expected symptom onset.

Why cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)?


Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is made in the brain to protect the brain and spinal cord. CSF contains proteins and other chemicals that are important for brain health. The type and amount of these proteins and chemicals may indicate a disease process, such as Alzheimer disease (AD) or potential risk for AD. The analysis of CSF provides a unique “window” into the understanding of how AD develops and progresses. Because we can study CSF in living people, the illness may soon be diagnosed accurately during life, without waiting to confirm the diagnosis at autopsy after death.

To learn more about CSF, its importance and how it is collected, we have created a series of videos to explain the procedure and what volunteers can expect. The 9 minute video below is composed of three parts.  If you prefer to watch an individual segments you can go to THIS PAGE

To learn about supporting future trials call 314-935-9693 or visit the Knight ADRC Donation page.

Science Translational Medicine Podcast

April 6, 2011

Participants: David M. Holtzman and Orla Smith

A conversation with David M. Holtzman about the challenges of developing new treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

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We Miss You (COVID Video to Participants)
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The Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Television Spot 

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Clinical Genetics and Genetic Counseling - Alison Whelan, MD

Ethics of Genetic Testing for Dementia: A Symposium / Monday, October 28, 2002 / Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

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Detecting Dementia: Cognitive Assessment for the Home Care Professional

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Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (July 20, 2011)

Drs. John Morris, Anne Fagan and Randy Bateman discuss DIAN at ICAD 2011.

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Driving & Dementia Curriculum for Health Professionals

Meuser, Carr et al (2006) - View Abstract

Sample Case Video Clip: Pat Niewoehner, OTR/L, CDRS, St. Louis VA Medical Center, interviews a 72-year-old mock patient with mild-moderate dementia about her driving habits and history. Danielle Hawrysio, MS, OTR/L, plays the role of a concerned granddaughter. This interview clip is part of a larger series of videotaped case material demonstrating the roles of physician, occupational therapist and social worker in evaluating and assisting an older patient with progressive dementia.

 Watch Sample Case Video. Email questions to Dr. Tom Meuser.


Older Driver Fitness & the Physician Role in Missouri

UMSL Gerontology Program (2015)

This 9-minute video presentation reviews driver fitness evaluation and use of Missouri DOR Form 1528. The video provides guidance for physicians and other clinicians (e.g., nurse practitioners) to complete a brief, yet thorough, evaluation of medical contributors to driver capability, with advice on how to document findings on the Physician Statement Form (1528).

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Falls May Indicate Early Alzheimer's (July 17, 2011)

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L at ICAD 2011

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Program for Information & Genetic Counseling & Testing for Early Onset Familial Dementia - Jose Luis Molinuevo, MD

Ethics of Genetic Testing for Dementia: A Symposium / Monday, October 28, 2002 / Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

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Recognizing Symptoms of Memory Loss & Accessing Services:

An Educational Video for Bosnian Speaking Elders, Family Members and their Caregivers (With English subtitles)

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Reflections on Memories Lost: Stories of Early Alzheimer's Disease

With expert commentary on symptoms, diagnosis & treatment

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