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ID: FC/FC035
Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1946-1948
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As a leading figure in the study of Alzheimer’s disease, Leonard Berg’s (1927-2007) contributions to the field of neurology are immense.  Berg’s intellectual acumen was evident early in his life.  Born in St. Louis on July 17, 1927, he graduated from high school at the age of 15 and earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Washington University before he turned 22.  He held internships and residencies at Barnes Hospital, the Neurological Institute in New York, and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, before joining the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in 1955.  Berg taught in the Neurology Department of Washington University while also maintaining a private practice with Irwin Levy, Professor of Clinical Neurology at Washington University.

Through the course of his research, Berg developed a test to differentiate early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease from normal aging.  The Clinical Dementia Rating is now the international standard for diagnosing and assessing Alzheimer’s disease.  In 1979, Berg began the Memory and Aging Project, a long-term study of Alzheimer’s patients that followed more than 3,000 volunteers over 30 years and showed researchers that Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain decades before symptoms appear.  With the help of two major grants from the National Institute on Aging, the Memory and Aging Project morphed into the Healthy Aging and Senile Dementia program and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, both still operating at Washington University.  Berg served as director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center until his retirement in 1998.

In addition to his groundbreaking research, Berg also, at various times, headed the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Missouri State Advisory Board on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, and the National Alzheimer’s Association’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council.  He also served on a Congressional Advisory Panel on Alzheimer’s Disease.  Berg died on January 15, 2007, following a stroke.

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