Akron ---Dr. James Leverenz, the recently-appointed Director of the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, will be the special guest speaker at the Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter's annual "A Reason to Hope" educational breakfast and fundraiser. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a medical center dedicated solely to the pursuit of more effective treatments for brain diseases and providing state-of-the-art care for patients affected by these diseases and their families.

The program will take place on March 18 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway St., Akron.

"A Reason to Hope" educational program and fundraiser will also center on the new care and support programs being offered by the Alzheimer's Association. At the conclusion of the event, guests will have an opportunity to help support the growing needs of Alzheimer's disease on families and the community by making a contribution or getting involved in the fight against this disease, which has reached epidemic levels.

Leverenz, who also holds the Joseph Hahn MD Endowed Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, will share the latest information and developments in the world of Alzheimer's research and answer questions from those in attendance. He received a bachelor of science degree in psychology and his medical degree both from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Leverenz completed his neurology training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York and neuropathology training at the University of Chicago. His primary clinical and research interests are the aging-associated neurological disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

He has received certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology as well as the American Neurological Association. In addition, Leverenz is the recipient of the Geriatric Academic Award and the Research Award in Geriatric Neurology.

There is no cost to attend "A Reason to Hope", but advanced reservations are required. For more information about participating in this event as a table host, individual guest or sponsor, contact Andy Junn, at 330-650-0552 or by email ajunn@alz.org.