Meet Perry Clark, New Institute on Aging External Advisory Board Chair

“One of my husband’s favorite sayings is, “everything has a shelf life, and you have to know when that shelf life is over,” said Orien Reid Nix, former Institute on Aging (IOA) External Advisory Board (EAB) Chair. After a little over five years as Chair, she has decided to step down, explaining that she feels that her “shelf life” as Chair has simply come to an end. While she will still remain involved with the IOA EAB, her responsibilities in her personal life will need to take precedent over her responsibilities as Chair.

perryclarkpic(edit)In an essentially seamless transition, dedicated IOA EAB member Perry Clark will resume the position as Chair. The decision was announced at the IOA’s recent Fall 2015 External Advisory Board meeting, a meeting that is held two times per year. Mr. Clark graciously opened the meeting with thanks to all of the IOA staff, collaborators, and his fellow EAB members. He explained that his goal as IOA EAB Chair will be to help other members to be more engaged with supporting the mission of the IOA and to serve as a facilitator for communication between the EAB members and the IOA administrators. He will also continue to do everything that he can to “increase public awareness of the work of the IOA and philanthropic support for that work.”

Perry Clark has been a member of the IOA EAB since 2013 after being given the opportunity to meet with IOA Director, John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD and his wife, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) Director, Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, following the loss of his sister to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease years prior.

“In response to that, my wife and I resolved that we should do what we could to support research into neurodegenerative diseases. That is the reason that we volunteered to participate in research studies at Boston University. Our involvement with the External Advisory Board is an extension of our advocacy for increased funding for the development of treatments for these diseases.” – Perry Clark

Perry Clark dedicates a great deal of his time to giving presentations in his home state of Maine on Alzheimer’s disease and related topics. He has covered topics on Alzheimer’s pathology, risk factors, and incidence, as well as the goal and significance of research studies, current clinical trials, brain health, and the importance of increased research funding and how this will lead to quicker development of therapies for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Left to right: Kathy Jedrziewski, PhD (Deputy Director, IOA), Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD (Director, CNDR), John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD (Director, IOA), Orien Reid Nix (former IOA EAB Chair), Elaine Clark, Perry Clark (Chair, IOA EAB)

Mr. Clark received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. Upon graduation, he became a VISTA volunteer, and subsequently supervisor, of the VISTA program in Clay and Jackson Counties in eastern Kentucky. Upon graduating from the University of Maine School of Law in 1973, Mr. Clark practiced law in Westbrook, Maine, until his retirement in 2014. Mr. Clark is a past President of the Cumberland County Extension Association, which governs the administration of Cooperative Extension programs in the county. In 1982, he received the Association’s Outstanding Citizen Award. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and the Treasurer of the Friends School of Portland. Together with his wife, Elaine, Mr. Clark participates in the Health Outreach Program for the Elderly (HOPE) and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 2 (ADNI) research studies at Boston University.

Meet the rest of our IOA External Advisory Board members here!


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