School of Medicine Brain Aging Expert Challenges the Existence of Alzheimer's as a Disease

Peter Whitehouse

Case Western Reserve University professor of neurology Peter Whitehouse challenges conventional wisdom and assumptions of brain aging in his new book, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Disease.

Whitehouse and coauthor Daniel George published The Myth of Alzheimer's to expose what they believe to be the unsound clinical, political, and scientific framework of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and explain why it continues to be so difficult to address a condition which concerns so many people as they age.

According to the founder of the University Memory and Aging Center at Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, a partnership between University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, "AD cannot be biologically or clinically differentiated from normal aging. There is no one profile of AD that is consistent from person to person," says Whitehouse. "Alzheimer's is a heterogeneous process because it reflects the different way people's brains age over their lifetimes." Read more.

Case Western Reserve's Ashley Horton holds court

Ashley Horton on the court

Senior Ashley Horton wants to go to law school and eventually become a lawyer after she graduates from Case Western Reserve University in the spring, but for now, the only court she's focused on is the one in Horsburgh Gym where she's been dropping the gavel on opponents all season long.

So far this season, Horton is averaging a team-best 10.0 rebounds to go along with an impressive 15.0 points per game and has recorded four double-doubles in the last five games.

Not coincidentally, the Spartans have won all five of those contests.

In her career, Horton has grabbed a total of 662 rebounds, placing her fourth all-time in the Case Western Reserve record book. The all-time record is 987, held by former Spartan great Erin Rogalski in 2001. Read more.

Campus News

Effective January 14 at 6 a.m., eastbound traffic on Circle Drive will be prohibited from crossing Cornell Road to the parking garage on the east side of Cornell Road for up to one week to allow for work related to the temporary Cornell Road Pedestrian Bridge. Eastbound traffic entering the garage will be detoured to Circle Drive north of this intersection; flaggers will maintain westbound traffic exiting the garage into the intersection.


The Weatherhead School of Management Tax Preparation Program needs volunteers to help area residents complete and file tax forms. Interested persons can receive free training on basic tax preparation on January 19. To volunteer and for other information, contact Mamta Soni and Sabrina Chiu via e-mail to Tax Service 2008.

For Faculty & Staff

Traveline Travel Services, the university's preferred travel vendor, has rolled out "Travelport", an online booking tool that may be used to make Internet travel reservations using our Business Travel Account, e.g. a central university credit card to which travel may be charged. Web training is available on January 24. Register online.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the winter break. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.



Wackadoo's Grub & Brew is hosting its grand reopening January 14-18. To celebrate, the following tournaments will be held during that week: Guitar Hero III on Monday, air hockey on Tuesday, Dance Dance Revolution on Wednesday and corn hole on Thursday. On Friday students and faculty can enter contests to win a vacation, an XBox 360, an iPod and other prizes. Patrons can enter to win the grand prize vacation once per day with the purchase of food. For more details, call Wackadoo's at 368-0090.

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January 9, 2008

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Case in the News

10 people who mattered in 2007

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 7, 2008 (subscription required)
Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder is among the 10 people who made the Crain's Cleveland Business 2007 Top 10 list of people of importance in the region.

Cuyahoga County approves $1 million contract to study wind turbine project

The Plain Dealer, January 9, 2008
Cuyahoga County commissioners on Tuesday approved a $1 million contract to study whether winds off of Lake Erie can provide Northeast Ohio with power and jobs. The county, which contributed $200,000 to the contract, is among six different entities helping to pay for the study. The Fund for Our Economic Future and Case Western Reserve University also kicked in $200,000 each.

The medicated child, January 8, 2008
Jerry Floersch, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Robert Findling, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, a partnership between University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, were recent guests on the Sound of Ideas program. They weighed in on the topic of medicating children with antipsychotic medication.

Higher Ed News

Yale to use more endowment funds

Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2008 (subscription required)
Yale University said it will increase the amount it spends annually from its endowment next school year by 37 percent, to $1.15 billion, to boost financial aid, expand scientific research and take on other initiatives. After Yale's announcement, Harvard University said it plans to boost spending from its $35 billion endowment next year to 5 percent from its current 4.3 percent.

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