Videos: 2014 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 2014, the Turken International Lecturer was Dr. Ian Mackenzie and the Turken Award winner was Dr. Zhefeng Guo.
2014 Turken International Lecturer and Research Awards: Overview
2014 Turken International Lecturer and Research Awards
2014 Turken Researcher Awardee - Zhefeng Guo, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
- Funded by - Sam and Ida Turken Charitable Foundation.
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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-three innovative AD projects including human brain mapping research, PET imaging in early diagnosis, study of cell death mechanisms and research on dementia genetics.
Dr. Ian Mackenzie was the 2014 Turken International Lecturer. He is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of British Columbia; Staff Neurologist, Vancouver Coastal Health; Consultant Neuropathologist, British Columbia Cancer Agency.
Dr. Mackenzie has broad expertise in neuropathology and the use of brain tissue banks in the care of patients with neurological disorders. His research program centers on neuropathology and the molecular genetics of neurodegenerative disease, particularly dementias. He is currently the Canadian representative to the International Society of Neuropathology and is an editorial board member for a number of neuropathology journals.
Dr. Zhefeng Guo received the 24th Turken Day Researcher Award. Dr. Guo'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-three 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.