November 30, 2016 — Alzheimer’s Disease


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Dr. George S. Bloom gave a talk on scientific research surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. 

The evening concluded with an art-science nightcap with CSz RichCmond Theater who performed and spoke about their Spring 2016 work with a VCU researcher using the lessons of improvisation to improve communication between caregivers of and patients experiencing Alzheimer’s.

George S. Bloom, PhD
For nearly three decades, Dr. Bloom has studied various fundamental aspects of cellular behavior. His lab/research center  focuses on a cell biological approach to investigating neurodegeneration; the gradual deterioration of healthy neurons.  Dr. Bloom earned a BA in Biology and History as well as his PhD in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.   Dr. Bloom has served on grant review panels for the NIH, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society and the Department of Defense, and is currently an Associate Editor for the journal, Cytoskeleton, and formerly a Zenith Fellow of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Bloom is a Professor of Biology Cell Biology and Neuroscience, and Director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program at UVA.  He doesn’t have nearly enough time for fly fishing in nearby trout streams

Christine Walters
Christine began CSz Richmond Theater in 1996 and ever since has been teaching and practicing the “Art of Yes And” to corporations, organizations, churches, and schools. She and her business partner Dave Gau also co-wrote the booklet “The Art of Yes And”. Christine is a certified Applied Improv Provider – Executive Level with CSz Worldwide, and is also certified by the Applied Improvisation Network. She has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and as a family caregiver.

David Gau
Dave has spent much of the last two decades helping businesses and groups in the mid-Atlantic region learn the value of Applied Improvisation, both on and off-stage. He is also the founder of the animation and visual effects company ShaveFX, regularly using the skills he teaches with clients and employees. Dave is a certified Applied Improv Provider – Executive Level with CSz Worldwide and is a managing partner and Artistic Director at the CSz Richmond Theater. He spent many years as a caregiver for his mother as she progressed through the stages of dementia.