Videos: 2013 Turken International Lecture
In 1991, Phyllis Turken Shamberg initiated a gift to support the early career of UCLA researchers interested in studying AD. Her gift became a legacy to UCLA research known as the "Turken Research Award" and is now given annually to support a promising scientist as he/she pursues major grant support and scientific independence. The gift also supports invitation of a distinguished "Turken International Lecturer" as part of the day’s events. In 2013, the Turken International Lecturer was Dr. Dale E. Bredesen and the Turken Award winner was Dr. Sophie Sokolow.
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2013 Turken International Lecturer and Research Awards
2013 Turken International Lecturer - Dale E. Bredesen, M.D. - Visiting Professor of Neurology; Director of the Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA; Director of Neurodegenerative Disease Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
2013 Turken Researcher Awardee - Sophie Sokolow, PhD, MPharm - Assistant Professor, School of Nursing at UCLA
- Funded by - Sam and Ida Turken Charitable Foundation.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
In 1991, little was known about Alzheimer's disease (AD) genetics or risk factors there were no animal models of AD, and there were no treatments for the illness. That is when Phyllis Turken Shamberg decided to initiate a gift to support the early careers of UCLA researchers interested in studying AD. The funds came from a family Foundation established in honor of her parents, Sam and Ida Turken. Phyllis chose (AD) research for her gift, not because of a family member with the disease, but because little was understood about AD and she wanted to make a difference. She chose well.
Her annual gift became a legacy to UCLA research known as the "Turken Research Award", now given annually to support a promising scientist as he/she pursues major grant support and scientific independence. The recognition of this research gift is celebrated as part of the activities of Turken Award Day. Although Phyllis passed away in 2005, her daughter, Beth Devermont, has carried her mother's passion forward. Over the years, the Turken Research Award has funded twenty-two innovative AD projects including human brain mapping research, PET imaging in early diagnosis, study of cell death mechanisms and research on dementia genetics.
Dr. Dale E. Bredesen was the 2013 Turken International Lecturer. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. He earned his undergraduate degree at Caltech, his MD at Duke, and completed neurology residency at UCSF. He was NIH Fellow in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner. In 1989 he joined the faculty at UCLA, where he was awarded the Elizabeth R. and Thomas E. Plott Chair. In 1994, he was recruited to the Burnham Institute to direct the Program on Aging, and then in 1998 became the Founding President and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the nation's only independent institute devoted to research on aging and age-associated disease. He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before coming to the Buck Institute in 1998.
He recently completed a term as a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging. Dr. Bredesen's research focuses on the mechanisms of cell death in the nervous system, and has led to a new approach to Alzheimer's disease therapeutics. In December 2013, Dr. Bredesen took a new position as Director of the Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA.
Dr. Sophie Sokolow received the 23rd Turken Day Researcher Award. Dr. Sokolow's award was presented on behalf of Beth Devermont, the Sam and Ida Turken Charitable Foundation. The Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease at UCLA is honored to carry forward a twenty-two year tradition hosting Turken Award Day and identifying Alzheimer's research award recipients who can make meaningful research contributions toward improving the lives of partients and families dealing with this devastating disease.
A Special Thanks To:
Sam And Ida Turken Charitable Foundation, a UCLA supporter since 1991.