UCI MIND faculty member, Dr. Claudia Kawas, awarded 2017 Potamkin Prize!

American Academy of Neurology
May 22, 2017

UCI MIND faculty member, Dr. Claudia Kawas, was announced as one of two recipients of the 2017 Potamkin Prize for her dementia research in The 90+ Study. Dr. Kawas has studied over 1,700 people over the age of 90, called the “oldest-old,” to understand more about brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease in the fastest-growing population segment throughout much of the world.   more >

2017 Research Update: Intense Study, Rapid Progress

PC: Alzheimer’s Orange County

March 15, 2017

On March 14, UCI MIND’s community partner, Alzheimer’s Orange County, held their annual Research Update on Alzheimer’s disease at the Bowers Museum. The update was, for the second straight year, delivered by UCI MIND Co-Director, Dr.
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Hundreds attended UCI MIND’s “Ask the Doc” at South OC Senior Day on March 10th

Thank you to all who attended UCI MIND’s “Ask the Doc” this morning at South OC Senior Day provided by Senator Pat Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough! Drs. Joshua Grill, Aimee Pierce, Mark Mapstone, and Kim Green answered many important and thoughtful questions from over 500 community members. more >

In response to March 5th OC Register article on stem cell therapy


by Joshua Grill, PhD March 9, 2017

Clinical trials: Trust the process

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and their families are desperate. Currently, no treatment can cure or even slow the course of this insidious and unrelenting brain disease. Scientists are desperate too. more >

UCI MIND investigators discuss stem cell research on ALZFORUM

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Verubecestat: Another one bites the dust?

by Joshua Grill, PhD February 15, 2017

Merck announced on Tuesday, February 14, that yet another clinical trial of a promising Alzheimer’s disease drug had failed. The trial was testing the safety and efficacy of verubecestat, an oral therapy that, at some doses, can reduce amyloid beta production by as much as 90% (Kennedy et al., Science 2016). more >

“What can we learn from the sleeping brain?”

The 23rd UCI Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning, and Memory hosted by UCI MIND, UCI Ayala School of Biological Sciences, and UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory was held on February 7, 2017, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

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“Patients ‘relieved’ by amyloid scans” 


MedPage Today

February 8, 2017

Learn more about a recent research study conducted by UCI MIND Co-Director, Dr. Joshua Grill, and colleagues to better understand patient and caregiver reactions to clinical amyloid imaging.

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Research Suggests Space Travel Affects the Brain

U.S. News & World Report
February 6, 2017

“This is not a deal-breaker,” co-author Charles Limoli, a neurobiologist at the University of California, Irvine, said last fall. “I do not think that during the course of a trip to Mars and back the astronauts will come back with anything remotely similar to full-blown Alzheimer’s. more >

Join us! Feb 7 Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Ruth Benca

Please join UCI MIND, UCI CNLM, and the Ayala School of Biological Sciences on February 7, 2017 @ 7:30 PM for the 23rd UC Irvine Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory. Dr. Ruth Benca, renowned sleep medicine expert and Professor and Chair for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, will present a lecture on “What can we learn from the sleeping brain?” 

Sleep is a universal and fundamental process that is present in every animal species and occupies a third of our lives. more >