URI faculty, programs to be featured in several episodes of syndicated TV show for baby boomers

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’50PlusPrime’ to air locally on ABC6


KINGSTON, R.I. – August 27, 2015 – The University of Rhode Island’s George & Anne Ryan Institute of Neuroscience will be featured in this season’s second episode of “50PlusPrime,” a nationally syndicated television news magazine that begins its third season Sept. 5. The program will air locally on ABC6 on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.


In addition to the neuroscience institute, URI faculty members Annie De Groot, Mary Sullivan, Nasser Zawia and Tom Manfredi, and Thomas M. Ryan, an alumnus of the University’s College of Pharmacy, will also be featured on various episodes of the program.


“We’re pleased that the University is being featured so prominently and happy that ABC6 will air the program locally,” said Linda Acciardo, director of Marketing and Communications. “The University has so many relevant and good stories to tell, and it’s great that ‘50PlusPrime’ has chosen to share some of those stories with their viewers.”


Based in San Antonio, “50PlusPrime” is hosted by former news reporter Tony Fama, who describes it as a program that “tells the stories of baby boomers who make a difference in their communities.” The show will appear in 62 media markets this season.


Summaries of the episodes featuring URI follow:


• Saturday, Sept. 12 – URI’s George & Anne Ryan Institute of Neuroscience was established by a $15 million gift from alumnus Tom Ryan, the former CVS Caremark chief executive officer, and his wife Cathy, to find cures for neurodegenerative diseases. The Ryans are interviewed, as are Zawia, director of URI’s Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Program, and an Alzheimer’s disease caregiver.


• Saturday, Oct. 3 — De Groot, director of URI’s Institute for Immunology and Informatics, brings lifesaving vaccines to the women of Mali in Africa, while also establishing a free clinic for uninsured, non-English speaking, first-generation immigrants in Providence.


• Saturday, Dec. 26 – Manfredi, professor emeritus of exercise science, has been a competitive swimmer for 60 years. The segment will show viewers why he’s still competing and how he still records better times than swimmers 10 years his junior.


• Saturday, Jan. 9 – Sullivan, interim dean of the College of Nursing, has devoted 25 years to studying premature babies and the cognitive and physical challenges that sometimes accompany these children into their adult lives. Her research is mapping out interventions that can help prevent premature babies from falling behind.


Additional information about the program, and videos of previous episodes, can be viewed at “50 Plus Prime”.