Nelson, assistant professor of physiology and cell biology at the USA College of Medicine, recently accepted an invitation to serve as an Alzheimer’s Ambassador for U.S. Representative Jerry Carl. As part of her ambassadorship through the Alzheimer’s Association, she will meet with the Alabama congressman roughly four times a year to discuss important Alzheimer’s disease-related policies.
Amy R. Nelson, Ph.D., with Sen. Richard Shelby at
the 2011 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum.
After earning her Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nelson completed postdoctoral studies in neuroscience at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. While living in L.A., she made many connections that led to unique opportunities to advance her Alzheimer’s work.
One such opportunity is volunteering with HfC, a nonprofit started by actor-filmmakers Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen to raise funds for Alzheimer’s caregiving, research and education. Nelson recently was invited to serve on the content advisory board for their new educational platform, known as HfCUniverse.
Amy R. Nelson, Ph.D., with Seth Rogen at HfC's
major fundraising event, Seth Rogen's Prom Night.
In addition to her advocacy work, Nelson’s lab recently received a research donation from AlzOut, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles, to help measure biomarkers, such as changes in the blood, related to Alzheimer’s disease.
To learn more or get involved, visit the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement at alzimpact.org.