Meryl Comer

President and CEO
Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative


Meryl Comer is president and CEO of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative, which promotes early diagnosis, virtual innovation challenges, m-health technologies and national public service campaigns like Geoffrey Beene’s Rock Stars of Science™. A co-founder of WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Global Alliance on Women’s Brain Health, Comer is the recipient of the 2015 Lauder Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Fund “Great Ladies” Award, 2014 Wertheim Global Medical Leadership Award, 2007 Proxmire Award and 2005 Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award.  In 2012, she led the formation of the 21st Century BrainTrust® (21CBT), a non-profit partnership to advance mobile health technologies and brain health. Comer has used her media expertise as an Emmy award–winning reporter, veteran TV producer/ business talk show host, and 20 years as a caregiver to co-launch with BrightFocus a virtual Health-eBrainStudy that looks at the impact of caregiving on caregivers. She is also co-principal investigator for the PCORI Alzheimer's Patient/Caregiver Research Network in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, UCSF's Brain Health Registry, and USAgainstAlzheimer's Networks. Comer has been the subject of primetime news stories by ABC’s Nightline and the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. One hundred percent of proceeds from her New York Times Bestseller book, Slow Dancing with a Stranger (available in paperback and audio), supports Alzheimer’s research.

Sessions:

When Obligations Collide: Women, Family Caregiving, and the Long-Term Care System