Dr. Ronald Petersen
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Dr. Ronald Petersen, named one of America’s “Rock Stars of Science” in a GQ magazine spread in 2009, reveals that he would’ve been a teacher if he had not embarked on his chosen career path: neurology and clinical research.
Dr. Petersen is a renowned expert in aging and disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. As director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, his work examines the cognitive functions of aging and the development of therapies for cognitive impairment. Most recently, Dr. Petersen was involved in a study on the effects of physical exercise on mild cognitive impairment.
He is a recipient of the 2004 MetLife Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease, and the 2005 Potamkin Prize for Research in Picks, Alzheimer’s, and Related Disorders from the American Academy of Neurology. In 2014, he was appointed to the World Dementia Council by then-UK prime minister David Cameron. Celebrity figures Dr. Petersen has treated include former US President Ronald Reagan and country singer Glen Campbell.
“We don’t have any disease-modifying therapies, but clinical trials are underway and it might be important for you to consider these yourself. It may or may not help you, but it’s likely to help the person coming after you. And also we don’t have to focus totally on pharmaceutical treatments for the disease, because there are certain behavioral and lifestyle factors, things you can do to try to preserve your function as the disease progresses.”
-Dr. Ronald Petersen