Marian S. Ware
Alzheimer Program

Marian S. Ware Alzheimer ProgramThe Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Program was established in 2004 through a $6 million gift from Marian S. Ware, a long-time supporter of the University and advocate for progress in medical research and treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

This unique program comprises a set of collaborative initiatives between Penn Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing to advance drug discovery, clinical research, and patient care related to Alzheimer’s disease.

The Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Program will uphold a three-part mission: drug discovery, identifying and evaluating novel therapeutics; clinical research, particularly in developing and testing biomarkers to identify patients with Alzheimer's disease; and patient care, formulating best practice models that coordinate the complex care needs of patients and their family members.

The program also supports efforts linked to the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) with a plan to test whether serial magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, other biological markers, and clinical and neuropsychological assessment can be combined to measure the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer's disease.

Marian S. Ware was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1938. In 1947, she co-founded the Oxford Foundation with her husband, John H. Ware 3rd, U.S. Congressman, University trustee, and Chairman of the Board of the company now known as American Water, in Voorhees, NJ . Mr. Ware passed away in 1997; Mrs. Ware passed away in 2008. They raised four children; daughter Marilyn Ware is a Penn Medicine Trustee, and daughter Carol Ware Gates serves on the Board of Overseers of the School of Nursing. Marian S. Ware and the Oxford Foundation established the John H. Ware 3rd Professorship in Alzheimer's Research at Penn in 1999. The Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Program marks a new dimension in her long-standing commitments to Alzheimer's disease research and treatment and to Penn.

Click here to link to video of the kick-off event for this program.

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