The second talk in our TEDxAlamo series was held November 4, 2010, and featured Dr. George Perry, Dean and Professor of Biology, University of Texas-San Antonio. When Dr. Perry began studying Alzheimer’s disease less than 30 years ago, few scientists knew of the condition, let alone the public, which now cannot have a day pass without new revelations in the press. What is this disease that so closely touches all our lives and seems so intractable to treatment? Is the heightened awareness due to our increased longevity, or its incidence? While most therapeutics are directed to the effects of the disease, the future lies in modifying responses to aging to maintain normal function throughout our lifespan. We hope you enjoy his talk, Living with Aging: Alzheimer's, the Disease of our Time.
About TEDx, x=independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED-x event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
TED is an annual event where some of the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. "TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design - three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it "the ultimate brain spa" and "a four-day journey into the future." The diverse audience - CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists - is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.
TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. Chris Anderson's Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TED Prize. TED2010, "What the World Needs Now," will be held Feb. 9-13, 2010, in Long Beach, California, with a simulcast event in Palm Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2009, "The Substance of Things Not Seen," was held July 21-24, 2009, in Oxford, UK and TEDIndia was held in November 2009. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.
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