Neuropsychologist Cynthia Munro is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Throughout her career, Dr. Munro has been actively engaged in research aimed at understanding factors affecting the clinical presentation of, and response to treatment for, Alzheimer’s disease. Through her clinical work, she recognizes that for each patient with Alzheimer’s disease, there is a family's unique story of how the symptoms of dementia have affected their lives. These are the stories that inspire Dr. Munro's continued involvement in Alzheimer's disease research and allow her to anticipate the struggles of her patients and their families.
In addition to her work as a faculty member, Dr. Munro has maintained an affiliation with the Alzheimer's Association for over 20 years, from participation in Memory Walks, to serving on its Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for Central Maryland, to attending almost every Memory Ball since 2001. Along the way, she, her husband Geoff, and their sons, 10-year-old Henry and 7-year-old Nicholas, now have their own stories of how Alzheimer's disease affects their lives. Not only a disease that afflicts the elderly, Alzheimer’s disease forces children to wonder why their grandparents can no longer babysit them, or why they now behave in unpredictable ways, or why they now require help for everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease denies children the emotional connection they once enjoyed with their elders and causes them to fear that they themselves will one day develop the disease.
Dr. Munro will be dancing in memory of her grandmother Delphia, who died with Alzheimer’s disease, and in honor of the other beautiful women in her family whose struggles with this illness are constant reminders of the urgency with which we need to prioritize efforts to treat neurodegenerative disorders.
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