HIGHLIGHTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Significant Events in the Alzheimer’s World and Accomplishments of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation Since 1993

1993

  • March, Dr. Khalsa and his wife Kirti form the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

1994

  • March, presented at the Arizona Holistic Nurses Association annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona.
  • December, presented at the 2nd Annual Biomedical Conference on Anti-Aging Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.

1995

  • May, presented and chaired a panel discussion at the First International Congress on Alternative and Complementary Medicine in Crystal City, Virginia.
  • August, presented at the Spiritual Pathways to Health Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • August, presented at the American Sociological Association annual convention in Washington, DC.
  • October, ARPF was invited to participate in a radio interview on ‘Here’s to Your Health” radio talk show.
  • Associated Event: The FDA approves Tacrin, the first Alzheimer’s drug.

1996

  • The ARPF presented its work at International Medical Conferences in Nice, France and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • April, presents at the Fourth International Nice/Springfield Symposium on Advances in Alzheimer’s Therapy in Nice, France.
  • June, presented at the 2nd Annual International Congress on Alternative and Complementary Medicine in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • June, published a chapter on ‘New Developments in the Prevention and Reversal of Memory Loss’ in Advances in Anti-Aging Medicine, a medical textbook, co-publication of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and Mary Ann Liebert publisher.
  • July, presented at the Eighth General Assembly of the World Future Society in Washington, DC.
  • August, participated in NIH Alternative Medicine workshop in Palm Springs, California.
  • September, presented at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Farnam, Nebraska.
  • October, presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the American Aging Association.
  • November, published a chapter on Complementary Medical Approach to Memory Loss in The Science of Anti-Aging Medicine medical textbook by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
  • November, presented at the Mind Science Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.
  • December, presented at the 4th Annual Conference on Anti-Aging Medicine in Las Vegas, NV.

1997

  • January, presented at the annual International Conference on Plastic Surgery in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
  • April, APRF presented at the Alternative Therapies Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
  • July, published an article entitled ‘An Alternative Medical Program Is Effective in Patients with Cognitive Decline’ in the peer-reviewed Journal of Alternative Therapies, Vol 3, No. 4, Page 94.
  • September, presented at the Third Annual Congress on Alternative and Complementary Therapies in Arlington, Virginia.
  • September, presented at the XVI World Congress of Neurology in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • October, presented at the Annual Convention of the International Spa and Fitness Association in Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada.
  • November, presented at the Fall Convention of the American College for Advancement in Medicine in Anaheim, California.
  • December, presented at the Psychology of Health, Immunity and Disease Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
  • December, presented at the Fifth International Conference on Anti-Aging Medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • December, published an article entitled “Integrated Medicine and the Prevention and Reversal of Memory Loss” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Alternative Therapies.
  • Associated Event: The FDA approves Aricept, the second Alzheimer’s drug.

1998

  • March, presented at Pain Frontiers 1998 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • March, presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine 14th Annual Conference in San Diego, California.
  • May, presented at the Complementary & Alternative Therapies conference sponsored by the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
  • May, presented at the American Academy of Pain Management 9th Clinical Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • July, presented at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
  • September, presented at the Employee Assistance Program of Southern Arizona Conference in Tucson, Arizona.
  • October, presented at Casa Colina World Whole Health Forum in Los Angeles, California.
  • December, presented at the Psychology of Health, Immunity & Disease 10th International Conference at the Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
  • December, presented at the VII Foro Internacional de Humanologia in Guadalajara, Mexico.
  • Associated Event: Figures on Alzheimer’s disease are released:
    • 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s
    • 16 to 20 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by 2050 if a cure is not found
    • Alzheimer’s costs $100 billion per year to US society

    1999

    • January, ARPF was featured in Bottom Line Health magazine.
    • March, presented at the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
    • May, presented at the American Holistic Medical Association annual conference in Washington, DC.
    • May, presented at the American Academy of Advancement of Medicine annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
    • July, presented at the Gerontology and Anti-Aging Medicine Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.
    • October, presented at the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
    • October, ARPF presented at the El Ser Integral Conference in Mexico City, Mexico and featured in the main Mexico City Newspaper Reforma.
    • November, ARPF organized and presented at the First International Brain Longevity Training Conference Tucson, Arizona.
    • December, presented at the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine in Palm Springs, California.
    • Media: ARPF was featured in Prevention Magazine, Let’s Live Magazine, Bottom Line Health, and Total Health Magazine.
    • Associated Event: The “NUN Study” is published. This study suggests that education and cognitive work help stave off Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Associated Event: The FDA approves Exelon, the third Alzheimer’s drug.

    2000

    • February, ARPF presented at the Arizona Yoga Association, Tucson, Arizona.
    • March, ARPF presented at The Psychology of Health, Immunity & Disease Practitioners Conference Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
    • April, presented at the University of Arizona Medical School, Tucson, Arizona.
    • May, presented at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.
    • May, presented at American Holistic Medical Association Conference.
    • June, Presented Demographic Transitions and Alternative Medicine Revolutions: Their Implications for Successful Aging. 1st International Conference: Rural Aging: A Global Challenge. West Virginia University Center on Aging, Charleston, West Virginia
    • June, presented 1st International Anti-Aging Conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
    • September, presented at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
    • October, Organized and presented at the Second International Brain Longevity Training Conference Tucson, Arizona.
    • Media: ARPF was featured in the book “Body & Soul: Aging Well, Memory and Movement” as well as Yoga Journal, Men’s Health, Self Magazine, Web MD and Vegetarian Times
    • ARPF Receives “Best Charities in America” Recognition. The Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation received the “Best Charities in America” Seal of Excellence—acknowledging ARPF as one of the top charities in America. This Seal is only awarded to those public charities that, after rigorous independent review, are proven to meet the highest standards of non-profit operation.

    2001

    • January, presented at the Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona.
    • March, presented at Yoga House, Los Angeles, California.
    • April, ARPF presented at Satsang with Deepak Chopra, M.D. at the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California.
    • May, presented at American Holistic Medical Association Annual Conference held in Miami, Florida.
    • May, presented at 2nd Biennial University of AZ Conference on Spirituality, Healing and Health in Tucson, Arizona.
    • June, presented at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
    • July, presented at American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
    • September, presented at a Corporate Brain Wellness seminar in Zurich, Switzerland.
    • December, presented at Life Beyond Cancer II Seminar in Tucson, Arizona.

    2002

    • January, presented at the International Wellness Conference in Galveston, Texas.
    • February, presented at a Corporate Brain Wellness seminar in Oslo and Harstad, Norway.
    • March, presented at Sociedad Para La Prevención del Alzheimer held at AC Mexico City, Mexico.
    • March, presented at the Sixth Annual Alternative Therapies Symposium in San Diego, California.
    • April, presented at Aging in America: 7th Annual Conference Healing Arts: Medicine, Ethics, Humanities University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.
    • May, presented at the Austin-Heart of Happiness Conference by Omega Institute in Austin, Texas.
    • July, Presented at the Sociedad Para la Prevención del Alzheimer, in AC Mexico City, Mexico.
    • Associated Event: Mainstream research presented at an International Alzheimer’s Conference in Sweden supports programs to prevent Alzheimer's and memory loss, backing up the ARPF’s research and ongoing programs.

    2003


      First International Conference photo
    • Organized and sponsored the "1st International Conference on the Integrative Medical approach to the Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease."
    • Completed its first research project on a mind/body exercise and its effects on the brain, in conjunction with University of California at Irvine and the Amen Clinics, in Irvine, California.

    • Dr. Khalsa with Surgeon General Richard Carmona
      Dr. Khalsa with Surgeon General Richard Carmona

    • Dr. Khalsa testified before the United States Congress about ARPF's prevention platform and afterwards, met with the United States Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., who offered his support for the foundation's work and stated that this work should now be considered mainstream.
    • February, presented at The Learning Annex in New York City, New York.
    • March, presented at Sunstone Healing Center in Tucson, Arizona.
    • March, presented at Spa 100 Trend Issue Spa Magazine Media Event in Santa Monica, California.
    • March, presented at Advancements in Foundational Therapy in Phoenix, Arizona
    • March, presented at The University of Arizona, Dept. of Anesthesia in Tucson, Arizona
    • April, presented at a Corporate Wellness Program in Barcelona, Spain.
    • November, published a chapter on Alzheimer’s Disease in the medical textbook Complementary and Alternative Mecidine in Rehabilitation, by Eric Leskowitz, M.D.
    • December, published a chapter on Alzheimer’s Disease in the medical textbook Integrative Medicine, First Edition, by David Rakel, M.D.
    • December, presented at Life Beyond Cancer Annual retreat held in Tucson, Arizona.
    • Associated Event: The FDA approves Namenda, the fourth Alzheimer’s drug.
    • Associated Event: The research for a vaccine to cure Alzheimer’s suffers a setback when subjects show brain inflammation during trials.

    2004


      First Memory Screening Day flyer
    • Conducted the first-ever Annual Memory Screening Day in Arizona.
    • January, presented at The Crossings in Austin, Texas.
    • March, presented at Unity of Tucson, Arizona.
    • April, presented at a Corporate Wellness Program at Vichy Catalan in Barcelona, Spain.
    • May, presented at I Can Do It! Conference Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • October, presented at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
    • November, presented at Celebrate Your Life Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
    • Associated Event: President Ronald Reagan dies after 10 years of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

    2005

    • January, presented at UTMB Lecture Series, Sealy Center on Aging, East Texas Geriatric Education Center in Galveston, Texas.
    • March, presented at The Learning Annex in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California.
    • May, presented at Health First Leeza’s Place, West Melbourne, Florida.
    • May, presented at American Association of Orthodontists 105th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.
    • June, presented at 2005 Texas Conference: “Alzheimer’s Care: Innovation and Practice for Everyday Life” , Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, Texas.
    • June, presented at the International Conference on Prevention of Dementia: Early diagnosis and Intervention, Alzheimer’s Association located in Washington, DC.
    • June, published a chapter entitled, “An Integrative Medical Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease” in the medical textbook The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders.
    • August, presented at Omega Institute in Rhynebeck, New York.
    • October, participated in a Panel discussion on Aging at the California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families in Long Beach, California.
    • Conducted the second Annual Memory Screening Day in Tucson, Arizona.

    2006


      Silver Sneakers class
    • Conducted its second research project: Brain Scans to measure cerebral blood flow utilizing 2 mind/body techniques, in conjunction with University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • January, presented at Dr. Andrew Weil on Aging Healthy workshop in Tucson, Arizona.
    • January 21, presented at the3rd Annual Conference - Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, California.
    • February, provided In-service training at Catholic Social Services Tucson, Arizona.
    • March, presented at the 2006 Joint Conference of the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA) - Invest in Aging in Anaheim, California.
    • April, presented at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind Symposium Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • May, presented at the Marana Rotary Club weekly meeting, Marana, Arizona.
    • October, presented at I Can Do It! Hay House Conference Orlando, Florida.
    • November, presented at the American College for Advancement in Medicine Annual Conference held in Palm Springs, California.
    • November, presented at Celebrate Your Life! Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
    • Conducted the third Annual Memory Screening Day in Tucson, Arizona.

    2007


      Memory Screening event
    • June, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference on Prevention of Dementia in Washington, DC.
    • August, presented at Chautauqua Institution Summer Lecture Series Chautauqua, New York.
    • October, presented at the 6th World Congress on Stress Vienna, Austria.
    • October, presented at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 2nd National Concepts in Care Conference Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • September, presented at a Corporate Wellness program in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
    • November, presented at the 43rd Annual New Concepts In Medicine: The Aging Body California Hospital Medical Center Los Angeles, California.
    • December, published a chapter on Alzheimer’s Disease in the medical textbook Integrative Medicine, Second Edition, by David Rakel, M.D.
    • Conducted the fourth Annual Memory Screening Day in Tucson, Arizona.

    2008

    • March, presented at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Tucson, Arizona.
    • Began its 3rd research study: Brain Scans in subjects with memory loss utilizing Kirtan Kriya meditation, in conjunction with University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • Conducted the fifth Annual Memory Screening Day in Tucson, Arizona.

    2009


      Governor's proclamation of Memory Screening Day
    • Began its 4th research study: Meditation Use to Reduce the Stress Response and Improve Cognitive Functioning in Older Family Dementia Caregivers, in conjunction with UCLA
    • Presented at IONS of Tucson in Tucson, Arizona.
    • Conducted its 6th year of Memory Screening Days, becoming a resource for others on memory screenings and the prevention of Alzheimers.
    • June, published a research paper in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine entitled “Cerebral blood flow changes during chanting meditation.”
    • June, presented at the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
    • October, ARPF hosts a special presentation to unveil the results of its Ground-breaking scientific work in Phoenix, Arizona.
    • December, ARPF presented at the 17th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Celebrated the opening of its Scottsdale satellite office by holding a reception in Phoenix, Arizona.
    • Associated Event: New figures on Alzheimer’s disease are released:
      • Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death
      • 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
      • Every 70 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
      • Alzheimer’s and other dementias cost more than $148 billion per year to US society

      2010


        Journal of Alzheimer's Disease book cover
      • Received praise from Sandra Day O’Connor and Maria Shriver on its ongoing work.
      • January, presented at UCLA Center on Aging “wellness and Longevity” conference in Los Angeles, California.
      • March 3, its research was featured on WebMD Health News, “Can Meditation Reverse Memory Loss? Study Shows Improvement on Memory Tests After Practicing Meditation for Eight Weeks.”
      • April, published a research paper in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease entitled “Meditation Effects on Cognitive Function and Cerebral Blood Flow in Subjects with Memory Loss: A Preliminary Study.”
      • April, presented at the Clinical Applications for Age Management Conference in Boca Raton, Florida.
      • April, presented at Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa, Miami, Florida.
      • May, published a research paper in Consciousness and Cognition entitled, “Cerebral Blood Flow Differences Between Long-Term Meditators and Non-Meditators.”
      • October, presented at the 2010 Symposium on Yoga Research in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
      • November, organized Memory Fitness Day in Sun City West, Arizona, a free community education and memory screening event.
      • November, conducted the seventh Annual Memory Screening Day in Tucson, Arizona.
      • December, published a research paper in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging entitled, “Cerebral Blood Flow Changes Associated with Different Meditation Practices and Perceived Depth of Meditation.”
      • December, Presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Miami, Florida.
      • Started its collaboration with the FINGER study in Finland and Sweden and the Karolinska Institute to support the ongoing Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability.

      2011


        Memory Screening day
      • Was a featured charity on the CBS Celebrity Apprentice, chosen by David Cassidy.
      • February, began its 6th research study: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRl) study of meditation in stressed family dementia caregivers, in conjunction with UCLA.
      • April, presented at Sharp Brains Virtual Summit.
      • May, the first article featured in the Huffington Post entitled,” An Easy Meditation Practice” was published. This was followed by three additional articles throughout the year.
      • May, presented results of ARPF research at the Telomere Biology in Health and Disease international conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
      • Began its 5th research study: to carry out telomere measurements in the FINGER study population, in conjunction with the National Institute for Health and Welfare of Finland and the Karolinska Institute of Sweden.
      • November, conducted the eighth Annual Memory Screening Day in Tucson, Arizona.
      • Published a chapter on Kirtan Kriya Meditation: A Promising Technique for Enhancing Cognition in Memory-Impaired Older Adults in the medical textbook Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults by Paula Hartman-Stein.

      2012


        Arizona Republic article


        Integrative Medicine book cover
      • January, published a research paper in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine entitled: "Effects of an 8-week meditation program on mood and anxiety in patients with memory loss.”
      • March, published a research paper in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry entitled, “A Pilot Study of Yogic Meditation for Family Dementia Caregivers with Depressive Symptoms: Effects on Mental Health, Cognition, and Telomerase Activity.”
      • May, presented at the Banner Health Hospital Integrative Therapies Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
      • May, published a chapter on Alzheimer’s Disease in the medical textbook Integrative Medicine, Third Edition, by David Rakel, M.D.
      • June, presented its research at Sharp Brains Virtual Summit.
      • July, published a research paper in the publication Psychoneuroendocrinology entitled, “Yogic Meditation Reverses NF-Κb And IRF-Related Transcriptome Dynamics In Leukocytes Of Family Dementia Caregivers In A Randomized Controlled Trial.”
      • July, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
      • July 24, UCLA Newsroom covers in a study in partnership with ARPF that helps caregivers of people with dementia.
      • October, published a research paper in Aging Health entitled, “A Pilot Study On The Effects Of Meditation On Regional Brain Metabolism In Distressed Dementia Caregivers.”
      • October, presented at Rotary District 5500 Annual Governor’s Conference in Tucson, Arizona.
      • October, conducted the ninth Annual Memory Screening Day in Tucson, Arizona
      • December, was featured on Telemundo KVEA’s “Report on Kirtan Kriya” as a way to prevent Alzheimer’s.
      • Fall, was named Top 100 Websites for Nursing Assistant Guides.

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