Clay County Native Presents Research on Alzheimer's Disease

Amber Gray

Amber Gray

MANCHESTER, KY (January 19, 2020) - ​Clay County native, Amber Gray, recently participated in the Lake Arrowhead Symposium at Los Angeles, California to present research study results on Alzheimer's Disease. The research was entitled, "Alzheimer's Disease and the Circadian Rhythm: Probing Chemical Changes to Understand Amyloid Induced Toxicity".

Amber is currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee pursuing biomedical research at the University of Tennessee (UT). She is working as the Head Graduate Teaching Assistant at UT providing instructional services and laboratory supervision for assigned undergraduate students in General Chemistry. Amber is conducting research while simultaneously completing her doctoral studies in Analytical Chemistry. Amber is a 2013 graduate of Clay County High School (CCHS). She has an earned Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from University of the Cumberlands and a Master of Science (MS) degree from UT.​​​

Professor of Mathematics at Eastern Kentucky University, Jennifer Wolfe McDaniel, who served as Amber's teacher at CCHS said, "I am so incredibly proud and excited for Amber and her relentless commitment to learning and positive value she always placed on her education. Her studies will foster many blessings for others as she continues to collaborate on cutting-edge biomedical research. I will be pleased to be able to share her story of success to encourage other students transitioning from high school as they seek to find their place in the world".

An estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer's dementia. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and it is the fifth-leading cause of death for those age 65 and older. Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.4 million) are women. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia may nearly triple from 5.5 million to 13.8 million by 2050. By 2025, here in Kentucky, the estimated number of individuals with Alzheimer’s will be 86,000.​ In Kentucky, the report estimated total Medicaid costs for Americans with dementia age 65 and older is $721 million for 2018. In the next seven years, that figure is expected to increase 29.3 percent. Total payments in the U.S. in 2018 for health care, long-term care and hospice services for people age 65 years of age and older with dementia are estimated to be $277 billion.

For more information about cognitive dementia or Alzheimer's disease you can attend an educational session focused on the stages of Alzheimer’s disease on January 23, 2020 6:30 pm—8:00 pm at AdventHealth Manchester, 120 Marie Langdon Drive, Manchester, Kentucky at the Creekview Meeting Room D. You may contact Matthew White (606) 598-1090 for directions. A discussion will include what to expect as the disease progresses from a behavioral and functional standpoint. There will also be tips on how to support your loved one throughout the disease. Following the presentation we will have a general questions and answer session. Please bring your questions about dementia, brain health, and care and treatment for an opportunity to learn more.

Sanders Brown Center logo.175 The educational session is sponsored by the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and you may contact Tyler McRoberts, Recruitment Coordinator, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Center at (859)-257-6507 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source: Alzheimer's Association

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