UT’s Work on Finding Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease in Spotlight at Pre-Game Faculty Showcase

KNOXVILLE — Anna Gardberg, outgoing senior postdoctoral research associate in the Dealwis Lab at the University of Tennessee, discusses finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease at this week’s UT Pre-Game Faculty Showcase.

Students, faculty, staff and all football fans are invited to “Alzheimer’s Disease: UT’s Search for a Cure” at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, in the University Center Ballroom.

The UT Pre-Game Faculty Showcase, now in its 18th year, is held two hours before every home football game. The College of Arts and Sciences selects a top faculty member for each presentation.

The programs are free and open to the public. Each program lasts 45 minutes and includes a question-and-answer session. Light refreshments are served, and door prizes including footballs and basketballs signed by UT coaches are awarded.

Gardberg is replacing Chris Dealwis as the speaker. Dealwis, associate professor of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, is on administrative leave from UT while conducting research at Case Western Reserve University.

Gardberg has been aggressively researching potential therapies for Alzheimer’s disease while at UT and sharing her findings with the academic community. Her latest study, “Molecular Basis for Passive Immunotherapy of Alzheimer’s Disease,” already has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Earlier this year, she traveled to Salt Lake City to present her findings on Alzheimer’s therapy to the American Crystallographic Association.

Gardberg earned her doctorate in chemistry at Northwestern University and spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate in structural biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She came to UT in 2003 to study structural biology, particularly antibodies and amyloid structures.

Gardberg has accepted a research appointment at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory beginning this fall.

The Pre-Game Faculty Showcase is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences with the support of the UT National Alumni Association and UT Athletics.

Contact:

Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179, elizabeth.davis@tennessee.edu