SCIENCE ON SCREEN℠: THE ILLNESS & THE ODYSSEY

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November 13 only

Film followed by presentation and dialogue with professor of neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center Michael Geschwind, Ph.D., M.D. and filmmaker Berry Minnott.  

image001A cure for Alzheimer’s. A Nobel Prize. On one remote island, a high stakes battle to solve a medical mystery unfolds.

The Illness and the Odyssey gives us an up-close look at the scientific process in the making as we observe internationally acclaimed scientists battling each other to find the cause of a mysterious disease found on Guam – Lytico-Bodig. If the answer is found it may lead to finding the cause and cure of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The film features renowned author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks.

ABOUT DR. OLIVER SACKS

Sacks, M.D. is a physician, a best-selling author, and a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat(1985), Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (2007) and The Mind’s Eye (2010). Awakenings (1973), his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. The New York Times has referred to him as “the poet laureate of medicine.” Dr. Sacks is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

DR. SACKS’ Full Biography is here.

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ABOUT DR. MICHAEL D. GESCHWIND, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Michael D. Geschwind is a professor of neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and a specialist in the assessment and treatment of rapidly progressive dementias, including prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). He helped establish a hospital program for the assessment of rapidly progressive dementias at UCSF Medical Center, the first of its kind in the country. He has also helped establish a clinic for patients with autoimmune encephalopathies. In his research, he studies cognitive dysfunction in movement disorders, such as Huntington’s disease, corticobasal degeneration (CBD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and other Parkinsonian dementias.

Geschwind earned his medical degree and postdoctoral degree in neuroscience through the Medical Scientist Training Program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed an internship in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center, a neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and a fellowship in behavioral neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. He is an associate professor of neurology and holds the Michael J. Homer Chair in Neurology in the UCSF School of Medicine.

70mins, Directed by Berry Minott, 2013, U.S.A.

 

Science on Screen at The Roxie is made possible through a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The nation-wide Science on Screen program explores connections between science and the humanities through viewing and discussion of entertaining, provocative films.

 

The Roxie will present three Science on Screen events through July, 2015. Each event will pair screenings of new and classic films with presentations and dialogue with scientists and technologists from a variety of fields.

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