The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease Presents

The DKR Fund Fall Speaker Series


NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee Co-Chair and UT Southwestern Chief of Psychology lead free lecture on player safety

(September 11, Austin, TX) - The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s disease (DKR Fund) has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a free public lecture on Saturday, September 21st at Austin High School. The DKR Fund Fall Speaker Series will address head injury among athletes and measures for safer play.  Field experts Hunt Batjer, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Munro Cullum, Ph.D., chief of psychology and director of neuropsychology at UT Southwestern Medical Center will be leading the conversation.

The DKR Research Fund for Alzheimer’s disease was founded in 2012 and represents a commitment to excellence in research in an attempt to advance the science leading to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  Darrell K Royal was an American football legend both as player and coach. At The University of Texas at Austin, Royal won more games than any other coach in Texas Longhorns football history.  Royal was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease late in life; as a result his family and friends have taken on the mission of funding cutting edge collaborative research and raising awareness for this debilitating disease.

Board of Advisor Ava Late of Austin says, “Presenting an esteemed scientist for the first DKR Fund lecture was our goal.  To have two such leaders in their fields agree to come to Austin is an acknowledgement to the commitment of Mrs. Edith Royal and a tribute to the memory of Coach Royal.  Sports safety and injury outcomes for both the short and long term are incredibly timely topics.”

Dr. Batjer, co-chair of the NFL Head Neck and Spine Committee, will discuss his research on head injury in professional and amateur sports.   Dr. Cullum will present his study on the relationship between early life concussions and brain function with aging. This lecture is a great opportunity for the public, especially athletes and their parents, to learn more about neurological safety in sports led by the state’s top experts in the field.

The DKR Fund Fall Speaker Series will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 10:30 am -12:00 pm. The lecture is free to attend, but guests are encouraged to register at http://tinyurl.com/DKRspecial. For more information, please visit http://www.dkrfund.org

 

About Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s disease:

The Darrell K Royal Fund for Alzheimer’s Research represents a commitment to excellence in research and care for Texans to attempt to cure Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in our lifetimes, to expand research into Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and to expand the paradigms of care and access for Texans enabling exposure to preventative and treatment strategies aimed at combatting the epidemic of AD.