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At Florida Brain Symposium, Alzheimer’s patient gives researchers new perspective

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Perhaps the most talked-about presenter at the recent Florida Brain Project Symposium was not a brain researcher at all, but a Tallahassee patient.

The keynote speaker was Sandy Halperin — a retired assistant professor at Harvard’s dental school who, since being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease four years ago, has become a national advocate for accelerated research on dementia. He alternately praised the researchers for their work, pounded the lectern out of frustration with a slow-moving Congress and, as if to remind his audience of the enemy they’re pursuing, apologized occasionally for losing his train of thought.

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