Two University of Kentucky researchers were recently honored with the Alltech Lifetime Achievement and Scientific Medal of Excellence in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the study of Alzheimer’s disease. The awards were presented at the Alltech–University College Dublin–University of Kentucky Lecture Series’ inaugural lecture, which was hosted in University College Dublin.
Dr. William R. Markesbery, director, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and Alzhei-mer’s Disease Research Center, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his outstanding career and his contributions related to Alzheimer’s disease, its early detection and prevention. Markesbery, who also is the Commonwealth Chair in Aging and a professor of neurology and pathology, is recognized globally as a preeminent researcher of Alzheimer’s disease. His pioneering research discounted the once-popular theory that an accumulation of toxic metals such as aluminum play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Charles D. Smith, Robert P. and Mildred Moore’s Professor in Alzheimer’s Research at the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, received the Scientific Medal of Excellence in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of presymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease neuroimaging. Smith’s research focuses on the application of structural and functional imaging techniques to the prediction, quantification and diagnosis of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.