PRLog - June 24, 2014 - IRVINE, Calif. -- When Mission Viejo resident Marina Weinberger was eight years old, her father began exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Gradually, the disease took hold of his mind, erasing his memories and ability to perform everyday tasks. Weinberger recounts how her father eventually forgot her age, grade, relationship to him and, eventually, her name.
Honoree Marina Weinberger with her father, Roy
Having experienced the terrible effects of the disease firsthand, Weinberger was inspired to make a difference in the Alzheimer’s community, pursuing a career that will allow her to conduct research on Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia. A senior at Mission Viejo High School, Weinberger has attended Alzheimer’s lectures at University of California, Irvine (UCI) and completed a laboratory internship during the summer of 2012 at UCI’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, where she studied neurological disorder-related activity.
Weinberger is one of six individuals to win a 2014 Science and Research Award from Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County (http://www.alz.org/
2014 Science and Research Awardees include:
Jun Park, Brea-Olinda High School - $500 cash scholarship
Andrew Lindeborg, Dana Hills High School - $500 cash scholarship
Anahe Venegas, Anaheim High School - $500 cash scholarship
Marina Weinberger, Mission Viejo High School - $500 cash scholarship
“Losing the ability to remember is one of the worst things that can happen to a person,” said Weinberger. “Thought is a powerful tool humanity uses to accomplish magnificent feats and I plan to apply myself to help as many people preserve their thoughts and memories as I can.”
This July, Carlos and McAleer will join thousands of researchers from more than 60 countries at AAIC 2014® in Copenhagen. Orange County residents interested in learning about the latest research in Alzheimer’s, and related forms of dementia, can hear McAleer speak on Wednesday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m. at The Hotel Irvine. RSVP required. For more information on AAOC’s many programs and services, all provided free of charge, please call (949) 955-9000 or visit www.alz.org/
About Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County
The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Since 1982, Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter has been providing programs and services, free of charge, to Orange County residents with Alzheimer’s and related disorders, their families, caregivers, and the community. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative illness that weakens the memory and other cognitive and emotional functions. For more information, call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900, or visit www.alz.org/