Jul 302010

Day 1: Palm Springs to some point 91 miles into the CA desert.The first day of my four day ride is dedicated to my Dad and everyone else who has had the terrible experience of Alzheimer’s disease. I had a great start to the ride as a group of the previous day’s riders saw me off from the Palm Springs hotel. Quite a scenic ride, skirting just north of Joshua tree National Park, by 29 […]

Jul 292010
Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Ride Journal: Segment 2, Day 3

The miles traveled over our first two days seemed to create a special type of gravity which pulls one farther under covers, and into a bed. Luckily this was easy enough to overcome by the thought of this being our final leg towards Los Angeles, and easier still because we would have a fresh pair of legs joining us: those of Harry Johns, the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association. I looked forward to conversing with […]

Jul 262010
Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Ride Journal: Segment 2, Day 2

Day 2, we rode from Lompoc to Ventura-94 miles, total. Lompoc California is home to Vanderburg Air Force Base, where some of the great achievements of American science are shot into space or return from it. For our 7:00 AM takeoff, it was a cold misty morning and this time we had two new riders in Greg Cole and Ed Teng. The beginning was a long, 19-mile stretch of climbing, although not too steep. While […]

Jul 262010
Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Riders Cycled into Los Angeles

It’s Not Too Late To Sign The Petition To Make Alzheimer’s A National Priority…When? “Now!” said our President and CEO of the California Southland Chapter, Bettina Kurowski, in her speech on Thursday, July 22 as we applauded 5 riders that came riding into town from San Luis Obispo to join us in Los Angeles at Hollywood Blvd. and Highland while we rallied a crowd of people from all walks of life to sign our petition. […]

Jul 242010
Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Ride Journal: Segment 2, Day 1

For the first day of our ride it would be myself (Sally Frautschy), associate professor Karen Gylys, and postdoctoral fellow Eric Hayden, all of us from UCLA. At 6:00 a.m., we were debriefed on our mystery route, as if we were in the CIA. When we started out at 7:00 a.m., it was drizzling and cold and the Alzheimer Breakthrough RV “Pony” support vehicle extraordinaire was out of commission. We found out later in the […]

Jul 232010
Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Ride Journal Day 3: King City to San Luis Obispo

The third segment of our relay leg was leading Tony, Eric, and I from the small agricultural town of King City to San Luis Obispo, a ride of around 72 miles. Third days are special days: Everyone gets out of bed a little slower than before; every bone aches a little more than yesterday; and that persistent morning fog feels just a little cooler than the damp starts we had on the days one and […]

Jul 212010

Readers, Another important finding from the ICAD meeting last week revolves around the relationship between cognitive decline and vitamin D. Several high-profile studies have suggested that high levels of vitamin D lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis and accumulating evidence suggests previously unsuspected roles for vitamin D in brain development and neuroprotection. Now, a new study shows that low Vitamin D levels may be related to cognitive decline and dementia. Researchers have in fact […]

Jul 212010

Tony Wyss-Coray, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Stanford University and a Research Career Scientist at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System. The second day of the Breakthrough Ride was going to lead us from Santa Cruz to King City in the heart of Salinas Valley. It was 5:25 am when the alarm went off and I had to pull my sore body out of bed. A hot shower helped a […]

Jul 192010

Day 1: July 17, 2010 And so it began…It was a cool (55 degrees) and foggy morning in San Francisco as myself (Bruce Lamb), Tony Wyss-Coray, Phillipp Jaeger and Kurt Lucin (all researchers at Stanford University) as well as Eric Goodwin (Manager of the Breakthrough Ride) gathered at 5:45 AM for our pre-ride breakfast. We were all nervous, excited and ready to get this ride going! Upon arrival at the Marina Green Park Triangle, we […]

Jul 152010

Bruce T. Lamb, Ph.D., is an Associate Staff Scientist in the Department of Neurosciences at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and in the Departments of Neurosciences and Genetics at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Lamb also is the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough RideSM Chair and is cycling to raise awareness and make Alzheimer’s disease a […]

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