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Publish Date: 11/02/98
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Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks, MD, Speaks at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Cincinnati--Oliver Sacks, MD, will speak at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center on Wednesday, November 18, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium at the Medical Sciences Building, 231 Bethesda Avenue. The program is sponsored by the Office of Research and Advanced Studies, the Neuroscience Graduate Program, College of Medicine Office of Research and Graduate Education, the College of Medicine Office of Medical Education, Department of Psychology, Sigma Xi, and the Taft Foundation. All UC faculty, staff, and students are invited.

Sacks’ program is entitled "Alzheimer’s and the Preservation of Self." He will discuss that even with severe dementia, the neural basis of personality remains strong in Alzheimer’s patients, and interaction is possible.

A clinical professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and a consulting neurologist at Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx, Sacks is best known for his books and television series. Awakenings documented his work with post-encephalitic patients who were treated with L-dopa. It was the basis for the 1990 movie "Awakenings" starring Robin Williams. Sacks also authored Migraines, A Leg to Stand On, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Seeing Voices, An Anthropologist on Mars, and The Island of the Colorblind. Most recently, he concluded a four-part PBS series "Oliver Sacks: The Mind Traveler," which focused on neurological impairments and the mysteries of the brain.

Known as a humanist and a neurologist, Sacks was born and educated in London and completed a neurology and neuropathology residency at the University of California. After a brief experience as a researcher on Parkinson’s disease in San Francisco, the neurologist moved to New York and began his clinical career. Most of his books center on patients who suffer rare neurological disorders. He describes his observations and details the unique attributes that these individuals possess.

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