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Arts & Issues and the Ann and Earl Lazerson Lecture Series Present

Dr. John Q. Walker - Solving Alzheimer’s

Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center

John Q. Walker

Millions of people have symptoms of cognitive impairment, and test results can show their progression to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. There are often dozens of factors that contribute to any person’s cognitive decline – including genetics, blood chemistry, medications, medical history, diet and lifestyle. These vary widely from person to person. When addressed together, the progression of symptoms can be avoided, slowed, or even rolled back. Dr. John Q. Walker will discuss pioneering work in this “multivariable” approach, bringing mathematics, statistics, artificial intelligence and bioinformatics to a medical topic that has failed to yield to a “one disease, one drug approach.”

Walker is the chief technology officer (CTO) and a founder of uMETHOD Health in North Carolina. His specialty as a computer scientist is working closely with experts in other fields – not computer scientists – to build highly complex systems to implement their vision. Walker is also an SIUE graduate and member of the 2010 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame for the College of Arts and Sciences.

This inaugural event is sponsored by the Ann and Earl Lazerson Endowment.

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