CBS Correspondent Barry Petersen Receives Humanitarian Award at Inaugural Meeting of Buck Advisory Council

Author of "Jan's Story" recounts experience with his wife who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease

CBS news correspondent Barry Petersen received the Humanitarian Award at a June 1 event celebrating the launch of the Buck Advisory Council (BAC). The Emmy award-winning Petersen is the author of Jan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's which recounts his experiences caring for his wife who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Petersen delivered the keynote address to the BAC, a prestigious group of men and women from the United States and around the world dedicated to helping advance the Buck Institute's scientific and educational mission.

Petersen's career with CBS News spans more than three decades, with stories datelined from virtually every continent. He has reported on everything from wars and natural disasters to Paris fashions and the return of American Jazz to Shanghai, China. He has been imbedded with soldiers in Iraq and the US military's operation aimed at easing famine in Somalia. He won Emmy awards for his coverage of the Bosnian war and the global recession in China. While working as the Moscow Bureau Chief he witnessed the unraveling of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. When based in San Francisco, he did the first network news story on a then-new disease, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). His wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2005, when she was just 55 and the couple was living in Tokyo, Japan. Petersen still reports for CBS and makes his home in Denver, CO.

"Barry Petersen puts a very human face on the objectives of the BAC," said the Honorable Edward "Ned" Powell, Chairperson of the BAC. "Our job is to support biomedical research that will have positive outcomes for real people." Powell added, "Barry is the perfect recipient of our first Humanitarian Award, his story will provide an important reminder to all of us during this first meeting of the BAC."

About the Buck Advisory Council (BAC)
The BAC comprises a diverse group of individuals from the United States and around the world. Members include leaders in government, business, finance, pharmaceuticals, law and other fields of endeavors. Many have served as advisors to governments, public commissions and nonprofit commissions. These leaders provide advice on strategic priorities, serve as ambassadors to raise the visibility of Institute achievements, and set the pace for philanthropy at the Institute. The BAC meets twice each year: in the San Francisco Bay Area each spring and in a foreign destination each fall. At these meetings, members participate in panel discussions with faculty and other experts and develop ideas to promote the Buck Institute globally as a leader in research on aging and age-related disease.

About the Buck Institute for Research on Aging:
The Buck Institute is the first freestanding institute in the United States that is devoted solely to basic research on aging and age-associated disease. The Institute is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to extending the healthspan, the healthy years of each individual's life. Buck Institute scientists work in an innovative, interdisciplinary setting to understand the mechanisms of aging and to discover new ways of detecting, preventing and treating conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Collaborative research at the Institute is supported by new developments in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics technology.

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