ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Dr. Eva Feldman, Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and Director of the University of Michigan Program for Neurology Research & Discovery, explains her drive to find treatments for Alzheimer’s, plus what others should know about the disease.
It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and some 5.7 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s disease. The most common form of dementia touches people in all walks of life, including the mother of a Michigan Medicine neurologist who is researching the disease.
“When you see firsthand how tragic it is to lose one’s memories and sense of self, what more incentive do you need?” says Feldman. Along with Alzheimer’s research, she also is heavily involved in work on diabetic neuropathy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
This Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, Feldman discusses her personal connection to the disease, how to identify symptoms in patients and where research is taking place to improve future treatments.