Doctor Rosenberg Addresses PVN Residents

By: Joyce Forney, Bugle Staff Writer

January 2015, Issue 397

The message of Dr. Roger N. Rosenberg’s hour-long presentation was loud and clear: “Take heart, all who have a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s or a child worried about inheriting it.” Those words reflect what I gathered from the lecture. Certainly, Dr. Rosenberg’s remarks were far more nuanced, detailed, and cautious.

That Dr. Rosenberg, who is world famous for his research, took time to be with us at Presbyterian Village North has to do with an association that dates from 1995 when he helped set up PVN’s first Alzheimer’s unit. He and his associates spent considerable time with the participants and their families while gathering information for research. Well before that date—indeed, from the time of his arrival in Dallas in 1986—Dr. Rosenberg has applied his intellect and energies to unraveling the cause and cure for this dread disease, the sixth leading killer of people over age 70. The $220 billion annual patient care costs threaten to escalate and cripple the economy in years to come, not to mention the heartbreak to an increasing number of families. So it’s encouraging, even exciting, to learn that the “tangles” in the frontal cortex may yield and clear with immuno-therapies de-signed by scientists working with Dr. Rosenberg at the U. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. There are three leading pharmaceutical companies putting assets into their research. It’s hoped that in time there will be clinical trials, eventual approval of the process, and, finally, inoculations against Alzheimer’s.

Therefore, it’s fitting that we at PVN would want to contribute to this valuable work. Toward that end, the Presbyterian Village North Foundation presented Dr. Rosenberg with two checks totaling $500,000. When Billye Miars, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, presented the checks to Dr. Rosenberg, he was momentarily too pleased and surprised to speak. He let us know that our contribution to science is exceedingly valuable and will be carefully administered.

During the question period that followed his talk, Dr. Rosenberg was asked if it wasn’t very tedious to carry on this research. “It is,” he responded. “But you know that success has been described as ‘…failure after failure after failure, always pursued with undiminished enthusiasm’.” We don’t doubt that Dr. Rosenberg’s perseverance and enthusiasm will result in unimaginable benefit to millions.