Local Startup and Clinical Researchers Come Together Over Power Meal to Discuss Memory Mapping

GAP-Net Site, iResearch Atlanta, hosted an event to brainstorm ways to educate community members on Alzheimer’s and other dementia related diseases.

Near the end of July, 10 individuals from the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (GAP), MapHabit, Collaborative Real Estate, and 250 E Ponce’s very own iResearch Atlanta were exclusively invited to gather over complimentary lunch and drinks for an hour to discuss improving standards of living and understanding memory loss. 

Hosted at Decatur favorite, Leon’s Full Service, the Power Meal: Mapping Memory Loss aimed to educate community members on Alzheimer’s and unite them for an upcoming activation centered around screening for the disease. 

As part of GAP’s work, they boast the GAP Network (GAP-Net), a group of research centers that are part of the global, patient-centric, nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the delivery of innovative therapies for neurological disorders by reducing the duration and cost of clinical trials. More so, iResearch Atlanta, a multi-specialty clinical research center that focuses on Alzheimer’s disease (in addition to many others), is also part of this prestigious network. And since the MapHabit System provides users the tools and knowledge needed to promote independence, organization, and habits, it only made sense to connect the following individuals for a dedicated cause:

  • Matt Golden – Co-Founder and CEO, MapHabit
  • Mia Chester – Manager of Diversity and Community Outreach, Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation
  • Rachel Barber – Community Outreach Specialist, iResearch Atlanta
  • Katherine Prowse – Recruitment and Screening Manager, iResearch Atlanta
  • Zach Mitchell – Director of Business Operations, iResearch Atlanta
  • Dr. Kimball Johnson – Clinical Research Investigator and Medical Director, iResearch Atlanta
  • Shaukat Ibrahim – Intern, The University Financing Foundation
  • Christen Crossett – Property Manager and Activation Specialist, Collaborative Real Estate
  • Madison Cook – Community Activation and Administrative Assistant, Collaborative Real Estate

Discussions mostly centered around the upcoming events everyone was joining forces for, but the conversation easily expanded into Autism, another neurological and developmental disorder. Not only did several attendees have a direct, personal relationship to Autism, but MapHabit is also a useful tool for those on the spectrum. The cognitive benefits of visual references are extremely helpful for these individuals – as well as those suffering from memory loss. 

Curious how participants are proactive in preventing memory loss, we also asked them what they do to help take care of their memory:

This immediately prompted a deeper discussion around memory puzzles, games, diets, and more. 

By the end of the lunch, preparation for the screening activation was in full force, but other conversations around future collaborations were also mentioned – something we love to see come to fruition in real time!

Originally posted by Collaborative Real Estate on August 5, 2022.

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