Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture

About Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer

Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer

Dr. Kaufer was a renowned neurologist specializing in frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body dementia at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Kaufer started his journey here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He received a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and zoology in 1983 and a medical degree from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 1988. He has credited the University of Wisconsin with teaching him to think like a physician.

Dr. Kaufer went on to complete his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a professor of neurology at UNC, founding director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program, chief of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Division in the Department of Neurology, and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Kaufer passed away on July 2, 2020, after receiving a sudden cancer diagnosis. He was 61. This annual lecture is just one way his legacy of inspiring new generations of medical professionals lives on.

The Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture is an educational program that promotes and shares current Alzheimer's disease research. Prior to his death, Dr. Kaufer donated a gift to the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s to establish an annual endowed lecture continuing his commitment to dementia care. This event is designed for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) researchers and professionals working in dementia care.

The 2024 Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture will be held on June 27. More details coming soon.

Past Events

June 6, 2023
"Agitation is not a disease: How can we better manage the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia?"
This virtual event was held on Zoom on June 6, 2023. Watch the recording.

Keynote speaker: Helen C. Kales, MD, Joe P. Tupin Endowed Professor of Psychiatry, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis

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June 6, 2022
"Regenerating the Alzheimer’s Brain: Allopregnanolone as a Regenerative Therapeutic Proof of Concept"
This virtual event was held on Zoom. Watch the recording.

Keynote Speaker: Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, director, Center for Innovation in Brain Science, professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Neurology, College of Medicine, University of Arizona 

Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert in Alzheimer’s disease with a particular focus on mechanisms underlying the increased risk of the disease in the female brain. For both women and men, she is developing the first regenerative therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease.

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June 1, 2021
"Diagnosis and Management of Dementia with Lewy Bodies"
This virtual event was held on Zoom. Watch a recording.

The inaugural Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture was presented by guest lecturer Bradley F. Boeve, MD, Mayo Clinic. Dr. Boeve’s clinical and research interests include normal aging, neurodegenerative disorders that cause cognitive impairment or dementia, neurogenetics, prion disorders, and neurological sleep disorders. 

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