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
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
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.