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New Treatments for Alzheimer's and Mad Cow Disease to Be Topic of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Speaker Series

RELEASED: Sept. 20, 2005

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — New, unexpected treatments and ideas that point to the possibility of a cure or at least effective treatments of Alzheimer's and mad cow disease will be the topic of a Sept. 28 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Dr. Scott Hartsel, professor and chair of the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant. Hartsel's talk, "Proteins Gone Wild: Current Research on Alzheimer's and Mad Cow Disease," is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

Alzheimer's disease and mad cow disease would seem to be as different as two disorders can get. Alzheimer's strikes far more people than the fewer than one in a million who will contract the human version of mad cow disease. However, both disorders are incurable and caused by a surprisingly similar conversion of a normal brain protein into a deadly toxin.

Hartsel will discuss new, innovative ideas that point to the possibility of a cure or at least effective treatment of these disorders. His talk will include information on his research into blocking the formation of protein fibrils, the insoluble fiber that causes brain damage in both Alzheimer's and the human form of mad cow disease. He will also discuss how common pain relievers like ibuprofen and statins that many people take for heart disease may stop the inflammation that leads to brain damage or stop the formation of fibril-prone proteins.

At UW-Eau Claire, Hartsel teaches courses in general chemistry, pharmacognosy and biochemistry. He is an active researcher with undergraduate students and has published extensive work on one of the few potential therapeutic drugs for mad cow disease, Amphotericin B. While at UW-Eau Claire, he has received more than $900,000 in research grants, been awarded the Excellence in Scholarship Award and was the 2001 CASE Professor of the Year for the state of Wisconsin.

Upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" speakers, dates and topics include: Raymond Hughes, J.D., LL.M., director of the entrepreneur program in the UW-Eau Claire College of Business, Oct. 26, "Entrepreneurship in the Chippewa Valley"; and Jodi Thesing-Ritter, UW-Eau Claire associate dean of student development, Nov. 30, "Reducing High-Risk Drinking: We All Have a Role to Play."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. Find details and reservation information online at www.uwec.edu/alumni/letsdolunch.htm, or call (715) 836-3266.

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