Meryl Comer

President & CEO, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative & Founding Partner, Global Alliance on Women's Brain Health

Meryl Comer is President and CEO of Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative that promotes early diagnosis, virtual innovation challenges, m-health technologies and national public service campaigns like Geoffrey Beene’s Rock Stars of Science™.

A co-founder of Women Against Alzheimer’s and founding partner of The Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health, Comer has provided testimony before Congress. In 2012, she led the formation of the 21st Century BrainTrust® (21CBT), a non-profit partnership to advance mobile health technologies and brain health. Comer is also co-principal investigator for the PCORI Alzheimer’s Patient/Caregiver Research Network in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, UCSF’s Brain Health Registry, and USAgainstAlzheimer’s Networks. In the late 80s, she served on the bi-partisan Alzheimer’s Study Group, charged with presenting a National Strategic Plan to Congress. A former broadcast journalist, Comer is the recipient of the 2016 BrightFocus Public Advocacy Award, 2015 Alzheimer Drug Discovery Foundation “Great Ladies” Award, and 2014 Wertheim Global Medical Leadership Award (FIU). 100% of proceeds from her New York Times and Washington Post bestseller, Slow Dancing with a Stranger (HarperCollins), an unflinching account of the couple’s 20 plus year battle with her husband’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease, supports Alzheimer’s research.

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