A benefit in support of ground-breaking Alzheimer's research from a husband-wife team at the Penn Medicine Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, was held at the Rittenhouse Hotel on Oct. 16.

Dr. Virginia M.-Y. Lee, who directs the CNDR, and Dr. John Q. Trojanowski, who co-directs the center and heads Penn's Institute on Aging are known for their discoveries on Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Lou Gehrig's diseases and are recognized internationally as among the top three scientists in their field.

Lynn Shecter, whose father, Jack Rensel, died of Alzheimer's disease in 1987, chaired the fundraiser.
Her father lived with Alzheimer's for more than 14 years "under the tender loving care of my mother, Lillian," says Lynn.

"In the end we lost my dad because he no longer remembered what to do with the food Lillian lovingly placed in his mouth."

Among the 60 guests who attended the cocktail reception were Lynn's husband, Reed Smith partner Howard Shecter, Win Churchill, Donna Slipikoff, Hilarie Morgan, Anne and Matt Hamilton, Ira Lubert, and Orien Reid Nix, honorary event chair and chair of the Penn Institute on Aging's External Advisory Board.

The Penn team, which includes Dr. Kelvin C. Luk, were in the news recently when the results of their research showing how Parkinson's disease proteins appear to spread through the brain were published Nov. 16 in the scientific journal Science.