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Join Us for the 2024 Arnold Aging Lecture

The College of Social Work, Arnold School of Public Health, and the Office for the Study of Aging are partnering for a two-day event that will promote collaborative and statewide research, programming, and partnerships in aging and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

PRESS CONFERENCE | March 13 | 11 am
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center | Congaree Room | 1101 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC

Day 1: A press conference with community and state agency partners will be held to highlight the 35th annual report of the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry – the oldest and most comprehensive registry in the United States.

LECTURE | March 14 | 10 am
Pastides Alumni Center | Presidential Dining Room | 900 Senate St, Columbia, SC

Day 2: The second event will be a lecture sponsored by the Arnold School of Public Health and a National Institute on Aging-funded conference grant (5R13AG074603-03). The lecture will focus on the state of the science on Alzheimer’s disease and the impact of registry data on the state, communities, and individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

To attend, all guests must complete the free registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Quentin McCollum (  

2024 Arnold Aging Lecture Keynote Speaker

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Crystal M. Glover, Ph.D.

Crystal M. Glover, Ph.D., is an applied social psychologist and mixed methodologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (and) Neurological Sciences in Rush Medical College.

Dr. Glover’s areas of interest include health equity and health disparities; structural and psychosocial determinants of aging; intersectionality as a conceptual framework and methodology; and social cognitive processes.
She focuses her research and related efforts on examining and facilitating healthy aging across all demographic groups, with a special concentration on collaborating with members of communities inequitably included and understudied in aging research. She has widely published her peer-reviewed work in several high-impact scientific journals, including Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, CHEST, and Human Genetics. She continues to present her research at international and national scientific meetings, and belongs to several professional groups, including the Scientific Program Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Overall, Dr. Glover dedicates her work to eradicating health disparities and creating health equity – globally, nationally, and locally.

Conference Session Recordings

If you missed our conference or want to revisit a particular conference presentation, please see below for all  of the recorded sessions that were part of the National Conference on High-Impact Alzheimer's Disease Registry Research.

Conference Welcome

Conference Keynote:  Diversity in Alzheimer's Disease Research: The Role of a Research Registry

Speaker: Roland J. Thorpe Jr., PhD (Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research)

Conference Session 2: Introduction to Statewide Alzheimer's Disease Registries

Speakers: Rana Bayakly, MPH (Georgia Alzheimer's Disease Registry); Maggi Miller, PhD (South Carolina Alzheimer's Disease Regsitry); Bernard Schreurs, PhD (West Virginia Alzheimer's Disease Regsitry)

Conference Session 3: Research Guided by Statewide Alzheimer's Disease Registries

Speakers: Nicole Davis, PhD (Clemson University); Miriam Evans, EdD (South Carolina State University) 

Conference Session 4: How Alzheimer's Disease Data, Including Registries, Guide State and National Initiatives

Speakers: Jo Pauling-Jones, MEd (AARP South Carolina); Lisa McGuire, PhD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); Taylor Wilson, BA (South Carolina Alzheimer's Association)

Conference Session 5: How Alzheimer's Disease Data, Including Registries, Guide Community Initiatives

Speakers: Megan Byers, LMSW (University of South Carolina); Cheryl Dye, PhD (Clemson University); Caitlin Torrence, MA, MS (Clemson University); Elizabeth Head, MPH (Georgia Department of Public Health)


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