At a Glance

  • 2017−18 season |  Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, Feb 8, March 1, April 5, and May 3
  • Time | 7 p.m.
  • Location | Continuing Education and Conference Center, Saint Paul campus
  • Individual Tickets | $20
  • Series Pass | $80 (seven events for the price of four!)
  • Registration | 612-624-4000, on-site, or online

Hear it here, as it happens.

Headliners, the University of Minnesota’s popular current event series, returns in October for its 12th season! Come meet with University experts as they share firsthand knowledge of today's most intriguing stories, from medical breakthroughs and culture clashes, to social trends, foreign affairs, and more! Learn the Who, What, Why, and How from an insider's point of view, and then ask questions and share your insights in a moderated Q&A.

Headliners takes place monthly, October through May (no event in January), at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University's Saint Paul campus. Individual event tickets are $20. Subscribe to the series by October 5 and get tickets to all seven events for $80. That’s seven events for the price of four!

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From the Lab: Untangling Alzheimer’s Disease

lesne_sylvain_3x4.jpgDr. Sylvain Lesné
October 5, 2017, 7 p.m.

Alzheimer’s disease is anything but rare and its toll on our aging population is about to reach cataclysmic proportions. It’s estimated that if the course of the disease is not slowed or halted, the number of Americans affected will grow from 5 million (2017) to more than 16 million individuals by 2050. That’s one in three people over the age of 65 who will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The socioeconomic impact: a cost of one trillion dollars annually. Add to that a health care system that is already overwhelmed and ill-equipped to support families and caregivers, and you have a multifaceted crisis.

But according to Dr. Sylvain Lesné, things are not all doom and gloom! Like doctors Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur who discovered the principles of bacterial infection and were able to leverage their knowledge to treat and prevent infection, scientists throughout the world are working tirelessly to identify and understand the source of memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. 

“Knowledge is power and my University of Minnesota colleagues and I are using our expanding understanding of Alzheimer’s disease in hopes of preventing, curbing, and/or halting this memory-robbing disease.”

Join us October 5 when Lesné discusses recent developments in Alzheimer’s disease research, including what he and his team believe are missing pieces to the puzzle and where we may be headed in the near and more-distant futures.

Sylvain Lesné is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota where he also is an Institute for Translational Neuroscience Scholar and the Associate Director of the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care. Learn more…

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