Join NIA to honor Dr. Robert Butler with May 8 memorial lecture

March 15, 2013

Dr. Robert Butler
Dr. Robert Butler, former NIA Director

Please join us as Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, a leading expert in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research, presents Neuroimaging and Biomarkers: How Early Can We Diagnose Alzheimer’s? at the Robert N. Butler Memorial Lecture May 8. The special lecture, part of the prestigious NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, honors NIA’s founding director, who was among the first to warn about the impact that Alzheimer’s disease would have on our aging population.

The lecture takes place Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 3 p.m., in the NIH Clinical Center’s Masur Auditorium (PDF, 824K) on the campus in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Petersen directs the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging and chairs the U.S. Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services established under the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. His interests include clinical research involving aging, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and neuroimaging.

Dr. Butler served as the founding NIA director from 1976 – 1982. He coined the phrase “ageism” to describe the discrimination experienced by older people. A prominent gerontologist and psychiatrist at the time of his NIA appointment, Dr. Butler received the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book Why Survive? Being Old in America. The book describes the problems faced by older Americans, along with Dr. Butler’s prescription for change.

At NIA, Dr. Butler set in place a visionary research endeavor, building a broad program of basic, biomedical, social, and behavioral research that remains at the core of NIA’s efforts today. During his tenure, he wrote and lectured regularly about the everyday problems faced by older adults.

In 1982, he left NIA to accept the position of chairman of a newly formed geriatrics department at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He continued his advocacy for older people when, in 1990, he founded the International Longevity Center U.S.A., a nonprofit research, policy, and education center of longevity and aging with branches in nine other countries.

More information about Dr. Butler.

For more information about the lecture, contact Anne Decker at

What: Neuroimaging and Biomarkers: How Early Can We Diagnose Alzheimer’s?
Robert N. Butler Memorial Lecture, part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series
Presented by Dr. Ronald C. Petersen
When: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Masur Auditorium (PDF, 824K), NIH Clinical Center, Bldg. 10, Bethesda, Maryland


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