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Allow Me to Introduce Myself … and Our New CEO!

Hello! I am Lisa Marshall, vice president and chief philanthropy officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. My name and face will be familiar to some of you, as I have worked in our office for six years with Norm Potter, my predecessor, who left the Medical Center to pursue other endeavors. For those I have not met, I look forward to doing so in the future. I am fortunate to lead a stellar team of philanthropy professionals, and we are all committed to helping you achieve your goal of creating a positive impact on health and wellness. Whether through…

A Founding Father Reflects

WILLIAM HAZZARD, MD, HAS SHAPED NOT ONLY WAKE FOREST BAPTIST’S WORK IN HEALTHY AGING BUT THE FIELD OF GERIATRICS ITSELF The man widely regarded as “a founding father of geriatric medicine in the U.S.” is quick to point out an odd fact. “I’m not a geriatrician,” says William Hazzard, MD, who earned the “founding father”…

The Hartman Challenge: ‘A World Without Alzheimer’s’

Watching as Alzheimer’s disease quickly dimmed the life of their patriarch, a family from Texas became determined to make a stand. Doug Hartman saw how the disease was claiming the life of his father, David, and he chose an investment in medical research as his way of making that stand. The challenge he issued has…

Celebrating Success

Members of the Hartman family of Austin, Texas, and special guests B. Smith and Dan Gasby were honored during the event “Alzheimer’s Disease: Together We Care, Together We Cure.” The celebration, held in March, included Medical Center leaders and donors who supported the Hartman Foundation Challenge, which raised more than $2 million for Alzheimer’s disease…

On the Horizon: A Medication to Slow Aging?

Steve Kritchevsky, PhD, has worked long enough to have seen the almost unimaginable become, if not reality, at least possibility. “I’ve been doing research about aging since about 1995,” says Kritchevsky, professor of internal medicine and translational research in gerontology and geriatric medicine in the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine. “I’m…

Clinical Trials: Crucial to New Treatments and Cures

Participants in clinical trials—those who are sick and those who are healthy—are vital partners for researchers at academic medical centers such as Wake Forest Baptist. Clinical trials are a key part of work done at the Alzheimer’s Research Core Center and in other aging-related research at Wake Forest Baptist. Such trials and studies most often…

Changes in Attitudes, Practices Regarding Aging

“The perception of aging is changing,” says Franklin Watkins, MD, assistant professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine. “As a society, we’re starting to change the prism through which we view aging—we realize it’s not an inevitable decline. “I got beaten by a 70-year-old in a 5K—that’s what I’m talking about,” he says, proudly. Watkins says…

Dickerson Family Gifts Aid Junior Faculty in Alzheimer’s

Natives of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, brothers Marvin and Richard Dickerson and their wives, Mary V. and Linda, established the Dickerson Family Fund to support Alzheimer’s disease research conducted by junior faculty. The fund was originally to be established through an estate gift, but the families later became inspired to make additional contributions sooner so they…

Research Update

HEAD IMPACT EXPOSURE INCREASES AS YOUTH FOOTBALL PLAYERS GET OLDER, BIGGER Youth football teams are more frequently exposed to more forceful head impacts as they move up in age- and weight-based levels of play, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist. Their study, published in the June issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma, employed in-helmet…