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The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC)

at the University of Rhode Island

Annual Malford Thewlis Lecture on Gerontology and Geriatrics


Alzheimer's Disease:
Risk Factors and Prevention from Infancy to Old Age

Alzheimer's disease is receiving increased national attention as a major health concern now and in the future. Recent research suggests that Alzheimer's disease is a combination of genetic, environmental, and personal behavioral factors. The lecture will summarize research that explains how and why the disease develops and what can be done to prevent it in the future. Interesting and intriguing research from infancy to old age will be highlighted. The two perspectives represented by our guest speakers include a research scientist and a medical researcher and clinician:

Nassar Zawia, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Rhode Island

John Stoukides, MD, RPh, Chief, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, Roger Williams Medical Center

The Thewlis Lecture was held on March 19, 2014. The lecture was recorded and is available for viewing anytime on URI's Livestream site. (The audio kicks in at 13:53, during Dr. Clark's introduction.)  Excellent and informative lectures!


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This is the 9th annual Malford Thewlis Lecture. For details about Thewlis speakers from previous years (some with links to YouTube videos), click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Judith Sweeney at 401-874-5311 or email or JoAnn Evans at 401-874-7846 or email

Upcoming CIPG Workshops


Workshop 3: Syndromes and Senses - 2/9/2015

Workshop 4: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias - 4/13/2015

Workshop 5: Bridging the Gap in Fragmented Healthcare: Safe Transitions - 6/1/2015



Alzheimer's Disease Training

Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of RI.

Getting Started Series: South Kingstown Police Department


Getting Started Series: Middletown Public Library


Training Employees for Alzheimer's Management (T.E.A.M) (Spanish)


View RI's State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias