Science Meets Music – Alzheimer’s Disease: New insights into causes and therapies

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, 5:30 pm
Benjamin Hall, Benjamin Upper School
Eva Mandelkow, Ph.D.
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, The Benjamin School
(561) 972-9027

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Ingenuity and dedication: essential elements for both Science and Art. The musician and the scientist require them alike to break through towards new frontiers, where discipline, perfection and attention to the minutest details are just as important as curiosity, courage, and inspiration. Visionary scientists are at the origin of most ground-breaking discoveries. Creative and inspired musicians have led to many magnificent compositions and world-class musical performances throughout history.

MPFI’s acclaimed public lecture series, Science Meets Music, will wrap up the 2016 series on March 29, 2016 at Benjamin Hall.

Alzheimer’s Disease: New Insights into Causes and Therapies | Eva Mandelkow, Ph.D., German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and CAESAR (a Max Planck Society Research Center)

Spectacular advances in medicine during the past century have increased life expectancy by more than 3 decades. The downside of this development is the widespread emergence of new types of diseases related to the “wear and tear” of advanced age, the most insidious being brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. A key problem is that these diseases develop gradually over many years before symptoms become noticeable. Intense biomedical research over the past 30 years has shed light on the root causes of the diseases and opened avenues for prevention and even therapy. In the case of Alzheimer’s Disease, there is a slow buildup of abnormal deposits of two types of proteins, Amyloid-beta (Aβ) and Tau, which perturb the communication between nerve cells, particularly in areas essential for memory. Current therapies can slow down the disease progression, but cannot reverse it.  Although the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease increases with age, most people do not get it. This implies that there are protective factors, including “good genes” and a strong immune system. The lecture will describe the major factors that cause Alzheimer’s Disease, and recent approaches to prevention and therapy.



Florida Atlantic University, Department of Music, Woodwind Quintet

The FAU Woodwind Quintet, is comprised of the finest woodwind musicians at Florida Atlantic University. A showpiece ensemble for the Department of Music, the quintet includes both undergraduate and graduate students, from a variety of music disciplines. The repertoire of the quintet spans from early baroque until the latest contemporary music. While the instrumentation of the ensemble is flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, the ability of the performers to play many instruments opens up a wide variety of options for scoring and style. Members of the quintet also perform in the FAU Wind Ensemble (a flagship ensemble of the department), FAU Symphony Orchestra, and the FAU Jazz Band. They hail from as far as Macedonia, and as near as Boynton Beach.


Time: Doors Open at 5:30 pm, Lecture Begins Promptly at 6:15 pm

Place: Benjamin Hall, Benjamin Upper School, 4875 Grandiflora Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl 33418

Free Admission | RSVP Required