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Behavioral Symptoms in Alzheimer's Disease: Getting Into Focus With Agitation

  • Authors: Anton Porsteinsson, MD; Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH; Alireza Atri, MD, PhD
  • CME / ABIM MOC Released: 1/20/2023
  • Valid for credit through: 1/20/2024
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This activity is intended for neurologists, psychiatrists, primary care professionals (including primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and geriatricians), psychologists, and other healthcare professionals as well as patients/care partners involved in the care of patients with AAD.

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  • Anton Porsteinsson, MD

    William B. and Sheila Konar Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Neuroscience, and Medicine
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
    Rochester, New York


    Anton Porsteinsson, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Athira; Biogen; Cognitive Research Corporation, Eisai, Inc.; Functional Neuromodulation, Ltd.; IQVIA; Lundbeck, Inc.; MapLight Therapeutics; Merck; MJH Life Sciences; Novartis
    Research funding from: Alector; Athira; Biogen; Biohaven Pharmaceuticals; Cassava; Eisai, Inc.; Genentech/Roche; Lilly; Vaccinex

  • Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH

    Professor of Family Medicine
    Boston University School of Medicine
    Boston, Massachusetts


    Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: AbbVie Inc.; ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Allergan; Eisai, Inc.; Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Takeda Pharmaceuticals
    Owns stock (privately owned) in: M-3 Information, LLC
    Other: Receive payment from Physicians Postgraduate Press as Editor in Chief of the Primary Care Companion for CNS Diseases

  • Alireza Atri, MD, PhD

    Institute Director
    Banner Sun Health Research Institute
    Sun City, Arizona


    Alireza Atri, MD, PhD, has the following relevant financial relationships:
    Consultant or advisor for: ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Biogen; Eisai, Inc.; Lundbeck, Inc.; Novo Nordisk; Qynapse; Roche/Genentech
    Research funding from: Athira; Biohaven Pharmaceuticals; Eisai, Inc.; Lilly; Vivoryon


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    Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC


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Behavioral Symptoms in Alzheimer's Disease: Getting Into Focus With Agitation

Authors: Anton Porsteinsson, MD; Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH; Alireza Atri, MD, PhDFaculty and Disclosures

CME / ABIM MOC Released: 1/20/2023

Valid for credit through: 1/20/2024


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